A four-month-old girl died while travelling on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight from London to Hong Kong on Sunday. The infant is believed to have been suffering from a gastrointestinal disease when the family boarded the plane at Heathrow that day.
The four month old baby girl fell unconscious during the flight and her parents – who were planning on visiting relatives in China, alerted cabin crew immediately. Another passenger who was a nurse and saw what was going on started giving first aid to the baby.
The pilot made an emergency landing at Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan and paramedics rushed to the scene.
But the baby could not be saved and she was pronounced dead soon after the emergency landing.
The baby’s mother who is believed to be a 36-year-old Chinese-French national and her father continued their journey to Hong Kong with their dead child.
Fellow passengers said they were distraught during the rest of the flight.
The baby’s death was confirmed by officials but is not being treated as suspicious. A post-mortem examination hasn’t been conducted yet.
A doctor told Apple Daily that parents should avoid taking sick babies onto planes because of a lack of medical support that could lead to very dangerous situations on board.
Source: The Sun