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Kolkata: Thanakrit, baby born in sky, India’s guest till February 12

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The city will play host to the 23-year-old Thai woman who gave birth to a boy 35,000 feet up in the air inside a Qatar Airways flight on Tuesday till at least February 12. While the woman, Wassana Promkasikorn, was hoping to fly back home on Wednesday, aviation norms prevent her from doing so till the newborn is at least eight days old. She also expressed her wish to get her son a Thai citizenship, as he was eligible for both Indian and Thai nationality.

The child was named — Thanakrit (meaning the one born in the sky) — by her aunt over a video call. Promkasikorn, had been admitted to Charnock Hospital on VIP Road after the flight made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport.

On Wednesday, a senior official from the Thai consulate came to meet Promkasikorn at the hospital and, after a detailed discussion, the official told hospital authorities that they were ready to take responsibility of the woman and would make arrangements to send her home. As Promkasikorn’s temporary landing permit granted from the immigration department at the airport on Tuesday will expire on Thursday, the consulate will arrange for it to be extended.

“The woman and the baby are doing well. We have issued a provisional birth certificate for the child and have handed it over to the Thai consulate who have agreed to take responsibility of the two. A consulate official told us that they would make arrangements to pay our bills and send the woman to Bangkok. However, she will remain with us till at least February 12,” a senior official of the hospital said.

TOI met Promkasikorn at the hospital on Wednesday. “This is my second visit to Kolkata. The last time I was here in 2018, I was partying with my aunt and friends at a South City apartment. But this visit will be etched in my memory forever,” Promkasikorn said.

“I am thankful to everyone for saving me and my child and taking such great care of us. However, I want Thanakrit to get a Thai citizenship,” she added.

A resident of Ubon Ratchathani in Bangkok, Promkasikorn said she had a fight with her boyfriend at Oman and, hence, had planned to return home to give birth to her child at her mother’s place. However, she didn’t inform anyone at the airport or airline officials about her pregnancy and had worn a long jacket hiding her bulging belly.

“I didn’t inform anyone about my condition while flying. However, when I was sitting at the plane, I felt the pain mid-air. Thanks to the caring attendants and a woman doctor on board, my baby was delivered safely,” said Promkasikorn, a single mother, who has an eight-year-old child from a previous affair.

“Friends have been texting me since morning. They sent me links of videos and news articles on me and my baby. It feels a little weird. But the one person I wanted to hear from is my boyfriend, the father of this child. I sent him Thanakrit’s photo, but am still awaiting a reply,” Wasana said, while checking WhatsApp messages on her cellphone.


Source: Times of India

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