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Taiwanese woman deported after giving birth on U.S.-bound plane

Taiwanese woman deported after giving birth on U.S.-bound plane

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) A Taiwanese woman who gave birth on a Los Angeles-bound plane earlier this month was sent home by United States authorities late Saturday, but it is not known why she was deported, Taiwan's aviation police said Sunday. The woman did not violate the immigration law of the Republic of China (Taiwan) by giving birth during a flight, but further investigation is required to determine why the U.S. denied her entry, according to Aviation Police Bureau officer Chen Hsiu-tzu (???). On arrival in Taiwan Saturday night, the woman told the aviation police that her baby girl was being taken care of by a friend in the U.S., but she declined to speak to reporters. The newborn will be classified as a U.S. citizen, the police bureau confirmed, amid rumors that the woman had intentionally taken the flight at that time for the purpose of having her baby in U.S. territory. The woman gave birth Oct. 8 on a China Airlines flight that had departed Taiwan at 11:50 p.m. the previous night. About six hours into the flight, the woman, who said she was not yet 32 weeks pregnant, reported that her water had broken. Crew members immediately asked for help among the passengers and a doctor on board volunteered to assist the woman. The captain informed the airline company of the situation and asked for permission to land at the nearest airport -- Anchorage -- for the sake of safety for the woman and her baby. But about 30 minutes before the plane landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport, the woman delivered the baby, with the assistance of the doctor. After the plane landed at Anchorage, the woman and her baby were taken to a local hospital, where they were both reported to be in good condition. The plane, after refueling, continued onward to Los Angeles, more than three hours behind schedule. (By Chiu Chun-ching and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 02:00 GMT+08:00