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Filipino mother of Gulf Air baby identified

Filipino doctors attend to a newborn baby abandoned in a Gulf Air flight that landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Inset: Baby George Francis–named after Gulf Air’s “GF” flightcode–survived unscathed after being born in a passenger jet toilet and discarded in the bin

MANILA – Authorities have identified a mother who gave birth to a baby boy onboard a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to the Philippines. As of press time, it was reported that police at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport identified the 30-year-old woman after officers examined the passenger manifest.

The newborn baby, christened George Francis, after Gulf Air’s “GF” flight code, survived unscathed after being born in a passenger jet toilet and discarded in the bin.
Shocked cleaners discovered the 6lb 6oz boy in a garbage bag inside the aircraft moments after it arrived from Bahrain on Sunday, September 12. He was rushed to an airport clinic where he was examined, cleaned and given milk.

Doctors who attended to the child said it appeared to be Filipino. Police searching for the runaway mother believe her son was born during the Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Manila.
Investigators in Manila said, “She appears to have left the aircraft and terminal as soon as possible.”

Airport staff named the child George Francis, based on Gulf Air’s code, GF, and took up a collection to buy him clothes and food.

Authorities are baffled as to how the woman hid the in- flight birth. Quoting Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager, Jose Angel Honrado, the Manila Standard Today reported the suspected mother wrote down her name, date of birth and passport number in the immigration arrival card, but did not fill out the address portion to avoid being traced.

Gulf Air officials in Bahrain said they were aware of reports saying that the mother had been identified, but declined to comment further.

“We can confirm the development only when we hear about it officially,” said an airline spokeswoman.

It said bloodstains found on seat 40D suggested that was where she was sitting.
However, airport manager, Honrado was quoted as saying

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