A British Airways Jumbo Jet was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Cyprus on July 20 when one of the passengers gave birth to a baby girl.
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CU Baby, journalist (unseen) asks a question. (SOT)
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JOURNALIST: "Did you think you had a few weeks more?"
MRS GIBB: "We, we thought there was - we had until next month at least. But the baby wanted to come early. So she made up her own mind."
JOURNALIST: "How was your feeling on the plane when you felt the time for delivery come?"
MRS GIBB: "It was a bit frightening at first but once Robbie went and told the stewardess and we found out she was a midwife - Rita was a midwife - we felt a lot more relaxed then and I felt good in her hands. And I really was a lot more comfortable, I just let everything happen as it happened."
JOURNALIST: "Mr. Gibb, what do you think about this event - an unexpected event I would say - that happened to you on your trip to London?"
MR GIBB: "Well it was a real surprise but I am really starting to enjoy it and I'm almost glad it happened. We have had a terrific time here at the Park Beach Hotel, in Cyprus, Larnaca."
JOURNALIST: "Are you staying a few days more?"
MR. GIBB: "Yeah, we are staying until Saturday then we are going on to London."
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Background: A British Airways Jumbo Jet was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Cyprus on July 20 when one of the passengers gave birth to a baby girl. Australian Jennifer Gibb was on her way from Sydney to visit relatives in Scotland when she went into labour two months early. Fortunately stewardess Rita Ellis, was a trained midwife and delivered the 2.8 kilo (6 lb 4 oz) child. She said it was the fastest delivery she had ever known. The following day at a hotel in Cyprus, Mrs Gibb and her baby were looking none the worse for their experience. Mrs Gibb said she had thought the baby would not arrive for at least a few weeks more - but the baby had made up her own mind that she wanted to be born. She said that she had been frightened at first but when she knew the stewardess was a trained midwife, she had relaxed and had been very comfortable. Mr. Robert Gibb said that he had been surprised but was glad the event had happened. He said his wife, son and new daughter would be staying a few days in Cyprus before going on to London.