Remember the Canadian woman who gave birth on a plane last Saturday? It turns out her mid-flight delivery wasn’t the craziest part of the story.
When Ada Guan became a mother in the first-class section of an Air Canada flight from Calgary to Tokyo, she was just as shocked as everyone else on board. The 23-year-old had no idea she was pregnant.
“I couldn’t imagine, it just happened completely unexpectedly,” said new dad Wesley Branch.
The bizarre incident all started when Guan began complaining of stomach pains during the flight, prompting crews and a doctor who happened to be on board to move her up to first class and check out what was going on. It didn’t take long for that doctor to figure out what the source of her pain was: she was going into labour.
“I said, ‘What, how could this happen? She wasn’t pregnant!'” recalls Sandra Branch, now the baby’s grandmother. “Well, it turns out she was.”
Guan soon gave birth to a baby girl about 35,000 feet over Russia with her boyfriend at her side. Although born in Russian airspace, the baby will be considered a Canadian citizen because she was born to Canadian parents.
“That child is not going to be a Japanese citizen or a dual citizen,” immigration lawyer Raj Sharma clarified to CTV Calgary.
Either way, she’s still a mile-high miracle.