Afghan baby born on flight as her mom fled is named for U.S. evacuation plane

WASHINGTON – The Afghan girl who was born on a C-17 military plane that made an evacuation flight from Afghanistan will carry that experience with her forever. Her parents named her after the aircraft’s call sign – Reach.

Airmen care for an Afghan mother born aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, callsign Reach 828, with assistance from U.S. Army Capt.Erin Brymer, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, after landing at Ramstein Air. after the birth base, Germany, on August 21, 2021.Edgar Grimaldo / US Air Force / AFP – Getty Images

The head of the United States’ European command told reporters on Wednesday that officials had spoken to the newborn’s parents. General Tod Wolters says her parents decided to call her Reach because the transport plane’s callsign is Reach 828.

She was born on Saturday and members of the 86th Medical Group helped with her birth when the plane flew from Kabul to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

The European Command says the mother went into labor during the flight and developed complications from low blood pressure. The pilot sank to increase the air pressure in the plane, which helped stabilize the mother. Military medical personnel took the baby to the aircraft hold.

Wolters says the baby and family are in good shape.

Two more babies, whose parents were evacuated from Afghanistan, were born last week at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the US military hospital in Germany.

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