Apr 27 2012 by Jennifer Buchanan, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
IT WAS a dramatic entrance into the world in more ways than one.
For wee Skye Crossan was rushed to hospital by helicopter as she was being born.
And the very apt name turned out to be a total coincidence.
For mum Shirley-Ann and dad Henry had already decided on her name when they discovered they were pregnant – just five days before Shirley went into labour.
Shirley had been told she was only 13 weeks pregnant at the Monday check-up but it turned out she must further on. Nine months to be exact.
And on the Saturday night Shirley-Ann went into labour.
To add to the pressure, the snow in her hometown of Dalmellington was so bad at the time that an ambulance and police 4X4 got stuck at Patna.
And in a last ditch attempt HMS Gannet had to be called to the rescue.
Now six years on, Skye, her mum, dad and big sister Abbie-Leigh returned to the Royal Navy Search and Rescue base at Prestwick.
And they got the grand tour from one of the crew members who was actually part of the rescue that night, Lt Angela Lewis.
They even got an up close look at the very helicopter that rescued them that night.
Shirley-Ann said: “It was a shock when we found out we were pregnant but we already had a wee girl so we were excited.
“So when I went into labour I was sure Skye was on the way, I’ve felt it before.”
But because the prognosis was that Shirley-Ann was only three months pregnant, a doctor on call who came out to check on her diagnosed a bladder infection.
Shirley-Ann added: “About an hour and a half later I was in serious pain so Harry called 999.
“They sent an ambulance but we only got as far as Patna before we got stuck in the snow.
“The police tried to get me through as well but we ended up totally stuck.
The police radioed for a helicopter but conditions were so bad that they weren’t sure it would be able to land.
Shirley-Anne, now 24, added: “I thought even if we could get to Ayr Hospital we would be ok, but it was very scary.
”I was stuck in the snow in nothing but my nightie and a coat.”
Luckily the skill of the HMS Gannet crew allowed them to pick up the terrified young mum despite the snow.
And Skye arrived safe and sound at 5lb 10oz almost as soon as she arrived in Irvine Central’s maternity unit.
Shirley-Anne explained: “They said if I had been five minutes later or if I had started pushing on the helicopter Skye would never have made it to the hospital.”
Lt Angela Lewis remembers the eventful night in crystal detail and was thrilled to see the family again.
She added: “We’ve had some close calls before but as yet we’ve never had to deliver in the helicopter.
“This one was very close though.”