Muscat: Indonesian citizen Fitri Gusnawati has become the first woman to give birth to a baby at Muscat International Airport.
Speaking to the Times of Oman, Gusnawati thanked everyone who helped deliver her baby safely and made her stay as comfortable as possible.
“Thank you Oman, thank you Royal Hospital and thank you Muscat airport,” she said.
This is the 20-year-old’s first baby. “I am so happy and so is my husband, I am excited to go back home.”
Gusnawati, who works in Morocco, was on her way back to Lombok, Indonesia, through Jeddah on a Saudi Airline, Flight No. SV836.
The flight was forced to make an emergency landing at the Muscat International Airport.
“I left Morocco at 5 on Friday, transited in Saudi Arabia, then there was another one in Kuala Lumpur,” Gusnawati said.
“I work in Morocco as a housemaid, I left Indonesia for Morocco in June, but I didn’t know I was pregnant,” she added.
Gusnawati gave birth on the floor of the plane galley, with the help of a Malaysian woman and a Filipino woman.
“I was in pain and my water broke, people were very shocked,” she added .
Both mother and child were later transferred to the Royal Hospital for treatment.
“The baby boy was born at 6.30am on Saturday, and they arrived at the hospital at 8.30am. The mother was between 32 to 35 weeks of pregnancy and her son weighs approximately 2.4kg,” said Zubaida Suleiman Al Balushi, maternity unit nurse at the Royal Hospital.
A statement from the Muscat International Airport said that it is equipped with state-of-the-art medical services to handle emergencies, which places the airport in full readiness at any time.
“Oman Airports had signed an agreement with KIMS Oman Hospital regarding the provision of medical services at the new Muscat International Airport, which officially began operations on March 20.
The new passenger terminal includes two clinics and three first aid centres. The provision of necessary medical services to passengers, airline crew, and all employees of the new Muscat International Airport is in compliance with the international regulations and requirements imposed on airport operators. Muscat International Airport is witnessing an annual growth of passengers and airlines, which will contribute to achieving the company’s vision to be among the top 20 airports around the world by 2020.