Baby born on San Francisco-bound flight 

click to enlarge Air delivery: Aida Alamillo gave birth to her son, Kevin Reymar Francis Alamillo Domingo, while flying to the U.S. from the Philippines. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner) - AIR DELIVERY: AIDA ALAMILLO GAVE BIRTH TO HER SON, KEVIN REYMAR FRANCIS ALAMILLO DOMINGO, WHILE FLYING TO THE U.S. FROM THE PHILIPPINES. (MIKE KOOZMIN/THE EXAMINER)
  • Air delivery: Aida Alamillo gave birth to her son, Kevin Reymar Francis Alamillo Domingo, while flying to the U.S. from the Philippines. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)
  • Air delivery: Aida Alamillo gave birth to her son, Kevin Reymar Francis Alamillo Domingo, while flying to the U.S. from the Philippines. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

A day after the harrowing experience of giving birth on an overseas flight from the Philippines to San Francisco, a Filipino woman said she is relieved to hold a healthy baby in her arms.

“I was scared, of course, it’s very scary,” said Aida Alamillo, 41, of the Philippines. “But I am now very happy because of my son. I have my baby healthy and great and beautiful.”

Alamillo was 35 weeks pregnant when she went into labor Monday aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 104, her first flight to the United States. Alamillo, her son, and her brother were bound for Boston, where they plan to live with Alamillo’s mother and sister.

“I am still unbelievable this all happened, that I gave birth to my son up there in the sky,” Alamillo said.

The unexpected delay in the family’s travel plans has been a joyous one. Alamillo and her newborn son, Kevin Raymar Francis Alamillo Domingo, were resting in good health at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame on Tuesday. The mother and son were taken to the hospital after their flight landed at San Francisco International Airport about four hours after Kevin’s premature birth.

Alamillo told Mills-Peninsula staff that her doctor in the Philippines had cleared her to fly, said Margie O’Clair, vice president of marketing and communications for Mills-Peninsula Health Services.

When she went into labor, three nurses aboard the plane and cabin crew, who are trained for in-flight births, assisted Alamillo with her delivery, according to a press release from the airline.

As of Tuesday afternoon, hospital officials could not confirm whether the baby would be a United States citizen, O’Clair said.

The child is Alamillo’s fourth. In addition to the son who accompanied her on the trip, Alamillo has two other children, who remained with her husband.

Alamillo said she hopes the rest of the family will be able to join her and Kevin in the United States soon.

sgantz@sfexaminer.com


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