A young mother gave birth to her baby boy — 36,000 feet in the air.
Kendria, 21 years old, from Hartford, Connecticut, was cleared by her physician to fly at 32 week. Her due date was set for October 23.
She took a trip to the Dominican Republican sun in September to be with her family before she welcomed her baby boy.
The American Airlines flight left New York City and the healthcare worker noticed cramps in her seat.
“These carried on and 34 minutes into the flight my waters broke,” Kendria told Caters. “The cabin crew were such a big help…”
The 26-year-old sister Kendalee was next to the pregnant woman as she twist and turn throughout take off until her water broke.
“I was shocked,” Kendalee admitted. “I kept asking if she was sure until she stood up and the entire seat was drenched!”
The stunned sister immediately informed the rest of the family who was on the flight and pressed the panic button when the “flight attendants rushed over to the scene.”
Flight attendants “pleaded” for medical assistance when four people rushed to the woman in labor.
“She was taken to the back of the plane and after an extremely stressful 20 minutes, an announcement was made that we’d got a new passenger aboard, a beautiful baby boy named Skylen,” Kendalee said.
Skylen Kavon Air Francis, named after an airborne arrival, was taken off the plane and everyone cheered as the new passenger.
“I just remember everyone filming us when we were coming off the plane and they were all saying congratulations to me,” the new mother said.
The newborn had to spend the first four days in the neonatal intensive care unit following his premature arrival as his family scrambled to determine Skylen’s nationality and create a plan to get him back home.
The Rhoden family went to the American embassy to confirm the newborn’s American nationality and expedite his emergency passport — which lists his birthplace as “in the air.”
Doctors advised that the child and mother remain on the Caribbean Island for a few more weeks. The family has since safely returned to the United States.
“I feel good now because I’m home and he’s safe, he’s where he needs to be right now,” Kendria told KKTV. “So, I would say I’m happier than I was in the Dominican Republic.”
A number of clips were shared by Kendalee, a new aunt. Millions tuned in to TikTok September to see the amazing story.
“Born in the air is the biggest flex,” jacquesangy wrote.
“Now that gives a new meaning to airborne,” Russel Rush9881 joked.
“Not the baby being AirDropped,” ChristianDior commented.