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'Hurricane Irma' baby born in the Midlands

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Sumter, S.C. (WACH) --When families say that they're expecting, they don't necessarily expect to have the story one Florida family now has to tell.


The Kight family, including a mother 9 months pregnant, had to evacuate their home in Fort Myers, Florida last Thursday due to Hurricane Irma. Then, on Monday, they welcomed their baby boy here at Palmetto Health in Columbia.

Stefanie Kight, the new mom, says it was quite the experience.

"We packed up and headed to SC at midnight praying I didn't go into labor," said Kight. "It was always in the back of my mind that we could lose power, flooding and not be able to get to the hospital. You always have those thoughts in the back of your mind. But we're believers and we believe there's a plan and that helped get us through."

That plan culminated in the birth of Calden Boone Kight, born 8 pounds, 6 ounces at 1:26 p.m. He joins a 13-month-old brother, Keller, and two dogs.

"If I would've had him in Florida, I wouldn't have had anything to do with the our 1 year old during the hurricane," said Kight. "So, I guess I just feel really thankful and blessed that we were so well taken care of despite the circumstances. And just had help and love around us."

Both her and her husband's parents live in Sumter. Though the father had to return home early to attend medical school, Stefanie Kight and her two boys will remain here with family since they still do not have electricity back home.

"I think seeing something good out of something bad helps," Kight said. "It's just part of our story, too. There are bad things that happen but there are good things, too. Just have to look for them."

Kight says she this is an experience she will never forget, even though she opted out of naming her 'hurricane baby" after it.

"We did get asked about Irma but we decided to stick with Calden," said Kight.

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