Baby born mid-flight as mom is flown to hospital

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GRAND CANYON – A baby was delivered by medics as the mother was flown to the Kingman Medical Center.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue reports their medics delivered a baby in-flight on Tuesday at about 6:15 a.m.

The mother, Natasha Watahomigie, 33, of Supai, was receiving medical care in the Supai Village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon when emergency crews stationed out of Kingman were called.

At about 8:30 a.m. DPS says the mother’s labor “progressed” while in the medical helicopter to where it was apparent the baby was going to be born before they arrived to the hospital. The medics delivered the boy in the back of the chopper.

There were reportedly no complications and both Tyson Watahomigie Jr. and his mother are healthy.

The Air Rescue helicopter arrived at Kingman Regional Medical Center about five minutes after the birth.