Kicker – Mile-high motherhood


NICK EICHER, HOST: You’ve no doubt grumbled when encountering problems getting from point A to point B by air. It’s always wise to remember: better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than in the air wishing you were on the ground!

Pregnant mom Chrystal Hicks is one of those who no doubt would’ve preferred being on the ground.

She had to board a plane in remote Glennallen, Alaska, population 483, because she needed medical attention. She was 35 weeks along and had to get to Anchorage—about 150 miles as the crow flies.

You know what’s going to happen right? She starts having contractions, goes into labor, and has to deliver before the plane lands.

As she filled in the birth certificate information 18,000 feet in the air and the choice of name for her son was obvious. 

She named him Sky—of course. But the middle name is even more clever: Airon.

It’s all in the spelling. A-i-r-on. Airon.

Little guy is a preemie and needed to be placed on a breathing machine for a few weeks, but otherwise mom and baby are doing great.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


(Photo/Chrystal Hicks) Sky was born on Aug. 5 on a plane between Glennallen and Anchorage.

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