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Tampa-Phoenix flight diverted due to baby medical emergency


Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM

A flight from Tampa to Phoenix made an emergency landing in Houston on Tuesday after a baby on board reportedly stopped breathing and two medically trained passengers came to the child’s aid.

US Airways, in a Twitter post, said Flight 678 was “diverted due to medical needs of a customer on board.”

Passengers told reporters in Phoenix that the child stopped breathing and turned purple, and that two passengers with medical training jumped in to help. The Houston Fire Department confirmed that medical personnel who happened to be on the plane responded and cared for the child.

Shortly after, the baby became responsive and began to cry.

That’s when others in cockpit began to cheer, a passenger said.

“They immediately went to work and called for anybody who had medical training,” an unnamed passenger told KSAZ-TV. “There are people that assisted, and we’re told there would be an emergency landing and everything went smoothly. Everyone was invested and we heard the baby cry, it was just ... it was a teary moment for everyone.”

The baby was stable when the plane landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the Houston Fire Department said.

A fire department statement did not release the nature of the in-flight medical pediatric emergency or the gender of the child, who was transported to a Houston hospital. Passengers the child was a boy.

The child’s identity or hometown has not been released by authorities.

The flight, which originated at Tampa International Airport, resumed shortly after and landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport about midnight EDT, about an hour late.

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