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Woman Gives Birth on Plane, Leaves Baby

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AFP: A woman who gave birth in mid-air left the baby behind when she disembarked in Auckland, Television New Zealand reported Thursday.

Police and Pacific Blue -- the airline which operated the flight from the Samoan capital Apia -- were saying little about their investigation Thursday, but mother and child were said to be recovering in hospital.

Television New Zealand reported that the Samoan woman gave birth in one of the aircraft's toilets during the flight to Auckland early Thursday.

The infant was found by an airline worker in the toilet rubbish bin more than an hour after the plane landed.

There was no suggestion any of the 150 passengers or crew were aware that the woman, reportedly aged 30, had borne a child in mid-air.

But the television station said authorities discovered something was wrong after she approached them saying she had misplaced her passport. They noticed she was pale and blood-stained.

A police spokeswoman said an investigation was underway, but police had not been able to speak to the woman because she was having surgery in hospital.

Pacific Blue's website says women need medical clearance to board a flight if they have passed the 36-week mark in their pregnancy.

"We are relieved to have been informed that both mother and child are reunited, are well and are now being looked after in hospital," the airline said in a statement.

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Kimberly March 20, 2009, 2:27 PM

They have been reunited? Hopefully with supervision!!!!! I don’t know what this poor woman’s situation is like that she felt she had to abandon her baby, but I hope there are proper procedures for making sure her child is now safe.

Jill (the other one) March 20, 2009, 7:31 PM

I’m with Kimberly - I’m not sure being reunited is the best thing in the world considering this woman left her baby in a rubbish bin. So sad … at least the baby seems to be ok.

Jen March 20, 2009, 7:52 PM

Exactly the words out of my mouth… “They were REUNITED??” A woman that leaves her newborn baby in the garbage does not need to be “reunited” with the baby.

maeby March 21, 2009, 9:23 AM

she probably was hoping to abandon the baby where the plane was destined. She didnt know she was going to give birth early.
Def. not a good idea to reunite her with a baby she didnt want.

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