Woman delivers baby in Kuwait airport

The mother had boarded a plane bound for Kenya when she complained of severe abdominal pain and disembarked, giving birth in the airport.
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By Courtney Trenwith
Sun 06 Jul 2014 02:35 PM

A Kenyan woman has delivered a baby inside Kuwait International Airport moments before she was due to fly home, Kuwait Times has reported.

The woman had boarded a plane travelling to Kenya via Rome when she complained of severe abdominal pain and disembarked the aircraft.

When it was realised she was in labour, medical staff helped deliver a healthy boy.

The mother and her newborn were taken to a maternity hospital and were reportedly doing well.

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