A Nigerian woman went into labour mid-air aboard the United Arab Emirates aircraft conveying her and the 256 others making the first batch of stranded Nigerians returning from Dubai to Lagos, on Wednesday.
She gave birth to a baby boy on board the plane, 30 minutes after departure.
Consequently, the aircraft had to return to base for a short period, medical attention after the woman developed complications, to safeguard her life and that of her baby.
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The chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, confirming the development, said the woman identified as Mrs Kafayat Amusan, gave birth to a baby boy.
“She developed complications on board, which resulted in the plane returning back to Dubai after take-off. She is currently admitted at a hospital in Dubai,” Dabiri-Erewa said.
She said Mohammed Rimi, the Nigerian ambassador in Dubai, and staff of the embassy are in touch with the mother and child who are in good condition.
“Emirates had to change to another aircraft which is now enroute Lagos with 256 returnees on board,” she said.