Feel Good News for a Change

This photo was taken by one of the passengers onboard the plane.

Amidst the drudgeries of daily living, you here news that in some way lighten your load even for just a few minutes and make you forget about that nagging deadline, the traffic in the metro, that annoying billboard in EDSA, or that anonymous reader who has the guts to insult your intelligence but doesn’t have the ba**s to identify himself. There is still good news in Manila after all, or at least on a plane bound to Manila. A 22-year-old Filipino working student gave birth prematurely to a healthy baby boy onboard a KLM plane from Amsterdam. Because of this, the plane had to make an emergency stopover at Kazakhstan, but not before Betchel Banal broke her water bag, had labor pains, and finally gave birth to her son with the assistance of a Filipino doctor who was also a passenger and the plane’s flight attendant. Read more about this story here. I don’t know about you, but I sure do need to hear news of this nature a lot more often.

4 Comments so far

  1. toni (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    I read about that in Inquirer! It was great to see that picture on the front page, and not just another picture of trouble in the metro.

    Hmmm…. I wonder if the baby will get free KLM rides for life. :D That’s how it is with other airlines, right? Well, that’s what I heard!

  2. rach (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:05 am

    That was a nice story. You’re right, it’s a pleasant change to hear uplifting news instead of crime and dirty politics that often monopolize the headline news. Thanks for sharing.

    Lucky for the mother that a doctor was on board that time. Glad everything ended with a smile.

    I wonder, does the child have lifetime free airfare at KLM? :)

  3. rach (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:08 am

    Oops, Toni’s post came 2 minutes ahead of mine. I didn’t see it earlier. It seems we were thinking of the same question. :)

  4. Christianne (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    Omigosh, I wonder how far along the mom was?

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