Afghan woman delivers baby on US evacuation plane, the new born named ‘Reach’
A US military officials, in a statement has disclosed the birth of an Afghan girl on a US military plane and she was consequently named ‘Reach’ after the aircraft’s code name.
According to the US official, “The baby’s mother went into labour on Saturday while being flown to a US military base in Germany after being evacuated from Afghanistan. As soon as the plane landed, the medical staff helped the woman deliver her baby in the cargo hold of the plane. The mother and child were then taken to a nearby hospital.”
The US Air Force aircraft have code names to communicate with other aircraft and control towers, and the code for C-17 cargo planes is usually “Reach” followed by a number.
According to the head of US European Command General Tod Wolters, “The code name for the plane that brought the Afghan family to safety was Reach 828 — and that’s how the parents decided to name the child.”
Reach and her parents are headed to the United States along with other Afghan refugees, Wolters said.
Of the 7,000 people evacuated from Kabul who had passed through US bases in Europe since August 20, only 100 required medical care.
Of those 100 people, 25 have been admitted to a local hospital and 12 have already been discharged.
Two other babies were also born after their mothers landed at the Ramstein base, Wolters said.
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