A four-month-old baby girl died on a flight from London to Hong Kong after a medical emergency that forced the plane to divert to Kazakhstan. Her parents raised the alarm after finding their daughter unconscious on a Cathay Pacific Airways plane while flying to visit relatives in China. A passenger, who is a nurse, stepped in to give the baby first aid as the pilot made an emergency landing at Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan where paramedics were on standby. However, the infant, named as Jasmine by Chinese media, was confirmed dead at the airport on Sunday.
Her devastated parents made the torturous decision to continue their journey to Hong Kong with their daughter. Passengers said the parents were 'emotionally distraught' for the rest of the flight. The couple - a French father, 32, and a Chinese-French mother, 36 - had been planning to take a transfer flight to Changsha in China’s Hunan province from Hong Kong to visit relatives.
Preliminary tests by doctors from the Airport Medical Centre and the Port Health Office in Hong Kong found nothing suspicious, as reported by Apple Daily. The baby is believed to have suffered from a gastrointestinal disorder before boarding the plane at Heathrow and drank milk while on board.