Sunday, July 11, 2010

woman gives birth on plane - then 'tries to flush her baby down the toilet'

An unmarried Indian woman gave birth while on board an international flight - then allegedly tried to flush her baby down the airplane toilet.

Horrified cabin crew on board the Turkmenistan Airlines flight discovered the baby in the toilet as they were going through the cabin after passengers had disembarked in Amritsar, India.

They prised the toilet from the plane with the baby still inside and rushed it to hospital.

There surgeons had to cut the toilet away with a saw to get the newborn out, Dr HP Singh said, according to reports.

The baby remains in critical condition at Amritsar's Fortis Escorts hospital, Dr Singh said.

The mother, believed to be aged 25, was arrested in the airport.

She was admitted to the same hospital. He said she was in stable condition.

'She was unmarried. It looks like she wanted to get rid of the baby,' Dr Singh told CNN. Newspapers reported the mother was an unmarried medical student returning home after completing a degree abroad.

Police confirmed she was single and plan to question her once she was declared medically fit.

The mother's flight originated in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, police said. She originally comes from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district.