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High born

High born

Forget the Mile-High Club, Jiang Yulan has joined an even more exclusive group: she has given birth at 33,000 feet (or 6.2 miles above the nearest maternity ward). Jiang was on a flight back to Hunan when she went into labour. Ordinarily she should not have been able to board the flight – she was eight months pregnant – but she was desperate to get home and disguised her condition. Soon after take-off the flight’s cabin crew realised she needed more than peanuts and a glass of orange juice, and cordoned off an area where Jiang gave birth. The flight was later diverted to Wuhan where mother and son were taken to a hospital.

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