No matter how the world around us may erupt into turmoil and chaos, certain events cannot be delayed. Babies, for one, will be born regardless of weather or imminent storms — and thank goodness for that. It’s times like these when the phrase “bundle of joy” has never been more fitting.
For a few families, and a number of HCA Healthcare hospital employees, memories of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma will involve courage in the face of adversity, but also hope and happiness. Homes and possessions were lost to wind, rain and flooding, but at the same time more than a dozen “hurricane babies” came into the world at HCA Healthcare hospitals in Texas and Florida. Here are just a few:
LUNDYN LILLYAN SMITH (parents Temeyka and Antoine); Legend Asher (parents Jordan Asher and Chelsea Mucklevany) and David Kirk Woods (parents Kristin and Thomas) all born at Summerville Medical Center, Summerville, SC., along with one more, on the day that Hurricane Irma passed through.
HARVEY RODRIGUEZ, born at Corpus Christi Medical Center Doctors Regional on August 25 as his namesake hurricane made landfall. Mother Irma hadn’t decided on a name when she went into labor, and when a nurse suggested Harvey, everyone knew it was perfect. The baby boy became an overnight sensation, making the national news and even the Today show.