Last updated: 12:36 PM ET, Tue April 19 2016

Baby Girl Dies During Cathay Pacific Airways Flight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 19, 2016

Baby Girl Dies During Cathay Pacific Airways Flight

On Sunday, a four-month-old baby girl died during a Cathay Pacific Airways flight from London to Hong Kong.

According to the Daily Mail, the four-month-old baby—named Jasmine—was flying with her mother and father from London to Hong Kong to visit relatives when the parents noticed the baby was unresponsive.

The pilot of the plane immediately called for an emergency landing at Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan while a passenger who is a nurse sprung into action to give the small child medical attention.

Emergency personnel were on the scene when the plane landed to attempt to revive the child, but the efforts were futile as the baby was confirmed dead at the airport. Instead of staying in Kazakhstan, the parents and their deceased child decided to continue on the flight to Hong Kong.

Other passengers described the parents—a French father, 32, and a Chinese-French mother, 36—as justifiably “emotionally distraught” for the remainder of the flight. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, doctors performed tests on the child and found nothing suspicious.

Media reports suggest the baby suffered from a gastrointestinal disorder, but a post-mortem exam will be performed to determine the cause of death.


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