A Florida family welcomed their newest member in surprise fashion on Wednesday after the expectant mother’s water broke during a flight to Pennsylvania to see relatives for Thanksgiving. Nereida Araujo, who was traveling with her two children and husband, wound up giving birth at Charlotte Douglas International Airport during what was supposed to be a 20-minute layover, according to WSOCTV.com.
“I was sleeping and I felt like a pop in my lower back,” she told the news outlet. “I just felt like liquid and I woke my husband up.”
A passenger on board was able to help the third-time mom until the airplane touched down.
“Upon landing in Charlotte, American Airlines Flight 868 from Tampa, requested MEDICS due to a passenger who needed assistance,” American Airlines said in a statement, according to WSOCTV.com.
The baby was born shortly after 2 p.m., and both Araujo and her newborn, who they have named Lizyana Sky Taylor, were transported to a nearby hospital.
“I just want to thank them so much,” Araujo told the news outlet. “Everybody was so great. They’re like my heroes. It was an experience that I will always remember.”