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The Blizzard of '93 - Blizzard Baby

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The anniversary of the Blizzard of ‘93 has a lot of us remembering where we were when the storm hit.  The stories are great, but arguably the best story belongs to Hayden Lockhart - and he doesn't remember any of it.  

"I don't really think about it all that much except when my birthday rolls around, and it gets mentioned a couple of times." said Hayden Lockhart, who turns 20 this week. All his life he's been hearing stories about his birth.

In good weather, on clear roads the drive to Erlanger from the Lockhart's home on Flat Top Mountain in Bledsoe County takes about 45 minutes.  

But on Saturday, March 13, 1993, with 20 inches of snow and drifts of up to five feet, the drive turned out to be impossible.  

That was a bad situation for Gary and Marseata Lockhart. She was pregnant, two weeks overdue and by early Sunday, going into labor.    

Their four wheel drive couldn't even get them out of their mile-long driveway. Rescue crews from Hamilton, Sequatchie and Bledsoe couldn't get to them. Lifeforce was on another call.

The rescuers in the helicopter were getting worried about low fuel. They couldn't see Gary. They were going to let another chopper pick up the Lockharts.   

Once at Erlanger, Marseata knew she was going to be okay.  It would be another 12 hours before she gave birth by C-section.     

He was a 10-pound baby, 23 inches long. Now he's almost six-feet, three inches tall.

On the tenth anniversary of his birth, Hayden was treated to a re-enactment of the helicopter ride.

But Marseata and her husband know of the kindness of many.  She and Hayden believe his safe birth in the midst of so much peril, and give them a reason to cherish life.

"So you know God had a plan for him." Said Marseata.

Hayden agrees, saying "I'm here for a reason and hopefully fulfilling that trying to live it out daily."

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