A 2 month old child has died on board an AirAsia flight to Perth on Easter Monday.
AirAsia has confirmed a “medical emergency involving an infant” on Flight D7236 from Kuala Lumpur. In a statement to media AirAsia said, “The safety and wellbeing of our guests is always our number one priority and, in accordance with procedure, the flight crew requested medical assistance on landing at Perth International Airport. Upon arrival, the aircraft was met by a team of medical specialists and the relevant authorities, including the WA Police. We are unable to comment further on the infant’s medical situation; however, our thoughts are with the infant and family involved.” ABC News Australia is reporting that passenger Nadia Paranzee, a former nurse, was holding the baby as it passed away. Ms Paranzee had offered to help the parents of the “really restless” infant. “I could see by looking at them that they were a little bit distressed, the baby was crying a lot, but then I could see the stewardess was giving a bottle to the baby, so I thought ‘OK, maybe it’s just hungry.'” About 10 mins later Ms Paranzee felt a vigorous tap on her shoulder by a flight attendant. “I could see this look on the parents’ [faces]. They just sort of handed the baby to me. I took the baby straight away and I could see that she was grey in colour and she was struggling to breathe, so I said a little prayer. As soon as I said that, she went limp and I just said to the stewardess, ‘this is a medical emergency, this is not a baby in distress.'” Source