Sunday, September 13, 2009


Baby's birth timed just right: New Fairfield couple's daughter arrives at 9:09 a.m. on 9-9-09
By Melissa Bruen
Updated: 09/10/2009 11:15:20 AM EDT

DANBURY -- As children grow up, they want to know as much as they can about the day they were born -- when, where, what time.

For one New Fairfield couple, the answers will be simple.

Anthony and Heather Nunes went to Danbury Hospital early Wednesday -- Sept. 9, 2009 -- to have their daughter delivered by Caesarean section.

To their -- and their doctor's -- surprise, little Isabel Casimira was born at 9:09 a.m.

Isabel was scheduled to be delivered at 7:30, but the procedure was delayed for blood work to be done, said 29-year-old Heather Nunes.

"We had joked a couple of times this morning that it would be at 9:09, but as it got closer we forgot about it," she said early Wednesday afternoon. "It wasn't until after(ward) we realized it actually happened. They didn't delay it or anything, but it ended up being at 9:09."

As the good news spread quickly around the maternity ward, nurses and staff were smiling and pointing to Room 7.

"We never expected that it would really happen," said Laurie Carney, Isabel's maternal grandmother.

"Even her Apgar test score was nine," said Bev Nunes, Isabel's paternal grandmother.

The Apgar test is immediately given to newborns to evaluate their physical condition and determine if they need emergency care. Apgar stands for activity, pulse, grimace, appearance, and respiration -- each one is rated on a score of zero to two.

EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE; We wish little Isabel Casimira, a good, long, healthy, prosperous life. Do you think her lucky number might be nine (9)? I mean born at 9:09 A.M. on 9-09-2009. Seven (7)pounds, nine (9) ounces? Lucky numbers or coincidence? What do you think?

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