This kid was born a frequent flier.
Christoph Carsten Lezcan made an early arrival aboard a Spirit Airlines flight after his mom, Cristina Penton, went into labor shortly after takeoff on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas, WGNO reported.
“Everything started happening very quickly,” said Penton, who was 36 weeks pregnant. “I didn’t think I was having the baby because it was too soon, but after a few minutes I knew I needed medical attention.
“The flight attendants contacted doctors on the ground and they advised the flight attendants to see if there were any medical personnel on board. As it turned out there was a pediatrician and a nurse. Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic.”
The flight diverted to New Orleans but baby Christoph couldn’t wait for the Big Easy as his 35-year-old mom’s contractions intensified and her water broke 50 minutes into the flight.
Christoph made his emergency landing in the nurse’s hands at a robust 7 pounds and 19.5 inches long.
A glowing Penton later was photographed kissing her newborn son — who was wearing a “Born to Fly” onesie and blue-footed pajamas — at the Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner.
She said she had been traveling with her two other kids, 11-year-old Lulu and 12-year-old Ramon, en route to Phoenix, The Advocate reported.
She knew there was some risk in flying in the third trimester, but she had had a normal pregnancy and there was no indication she would go into labor early.
“The Spirit crew was very attentive and took care of me throughout the flight,” Penton said, WGNO reported. “They helped make what could have been a terrible situation as good as it could possibly be.”
Airline spokesman Paul Berry said mid-flight births are rare.
“But our flight attendants are trained to handle medical emergencies in flight and they have access to doctors on the ground via inflight communication,” he said. “In this case we were fortunate to also have a pediatrician on board who brought even more care and comfort to the situation.”
Christoph’s birth also came with a major perk for the whole family – 21 years of free flights on Spirit.
Credit: NY Post