A U.S. sailor gave birth to a healthy 7-pound baby girl aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower after complaining of a stomachache, several news outlets reported. The unexpected birth came at a tense time aboard the ship. The Eisenhower was in the Persian Gulf in support of US-led air campaign against the ISIS.
Central Command spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban said the sailor had complained of abdominal pains and was checked into the medical department on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was there where she later gave birth to a seven-pound girl.
The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower transits through the Atlantic Ocean. Image: U.S. Navy
Both the baby girl and her mother “are healthy and are doing well,” Cmdr. Urban said.
He added: “While it would have been preferred to send her to her homeport earlier, per policy, we are now focused on caring for the health and welfare of our Sailor and the newest member of our Navy family.”
While Urban told reporters that the sailor’s superiors were not aware of the pregnancy, it could not be confirmed if she herself was aware either.
The woman and child were flown to Bahrain by helicopter with a medical escort, where they are receiving follow-up care at a shore-based hospital.