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A Pageland couple got a very happy birthday surprise on Tuesday, April 2, and Springs Memorial Hospital has a new event to add to their history books.
Carl and Lagana Blakeney share the same birthday, April 2, and while that isn’t unusual, the birth of their daughter, Lacaria, on the same day, is.
“She wasn’t due until the 3rd,” Lagana Blakeney said. “I couldn’t believe it when I realized it was going to happen on our birthday. I went into labor around 9 that morning, and she was born at 6:20. It was a great birthday present.”
Ashley Shannon, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Springs Memorial, said it is the first time something like this has happened in the hospital’s history.
“We’ve had instances in the past where a baby was born on the birthday of one of the parents, or a grandparent, but we can’t remember a time when something like this happened,” she said. “This
is a first for us, and we are very excited for that family.”
Dr. Jane Helwig, Blakeney’s OB/GYN doctor, said she has never witnessed such an event either.
“I’ve been in Lancaster for seven years, and have been a doctor for 21 years, and in all that time, I’ve never seen this happen,” she said. “It was very spontaneous. Babies pick their birthdays, and I guess she wanted that one.”`