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The 'Blizzard Babies' of 1993

5:28 PM, Mar 13, 2013   |    comments
  • 'Blizzard Baby' Daniel Blevins after he was born in Dec. of '93.
  • UT Sophomore Caitlyn Cline talks about being a 'Blizzard Baby.'
  • 'Blizzard Baby' Caitlyn Cline with her father in 1993.
  • 'Blizzard Baby' Daniel Blevins, 19, with his father Jay Blevins.
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For those who experienced the Blizzard of 1993, it is something they will never forget.

But there is a group of people who can trace their beginnings to the event, nicknamed the "Blizzard Babies."

University of Tennessee Sophomore Caitlyn Cline turns 20 on March 14.

Her parents drove two-and-a-half hours from Tazewell to Knoxville, where she was born.

"I guess they really wanted me. You wouldn't go through that much trouble if you didn't want something, right?" Cline joked.

She went on to say, "They went in a little one cab pickup truck and my aunt and uncle followed them in another one cab pickup truck which is funny because you think, 'What if one breaks down? There's not going to be enough room for everybody.'"

Cline's parents made it to UT Medical Center, where Robin Swaggerty helped deliver all those babies during the storm.

"It didn't stop that's for sure. All the mothers who needed to get here, got here," Swaggerty said.

Swaggerty stayed at the hospital for more than 72 hours.

"We were kind of excited to see nine months later if the birth rate increased, ust like you have a lot of increased births during the holidays, we anticipated that people had no power and were stuck in the house," she said.

Nine months later, Daniel Blevins of Maryville was born.

"When he was born, the actual day he was born, there were so many babies that were born that day," said Lisa Blevins, Daniel's mother.

Each baby wore a t-shirt that read "I'm a 1993 Blizzard Baby."

"It kind of gets old. It's more of their friends that talk about it, not really mine," Daniel said.

His father, Jay Blevins, went on to say, "First thing this morning I opened up the phone and there was one [message] from my buddies: 'We're celebrating the 20 years with you.'"

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