Thousands of people around the world get together on New Year’s Eve to count down and welcome in the new year. Major cities usually have fireworks displays for people to watch and enjoy. For some people, it can be spent working, like police officers or hospital staff.
Hospitals, in particular, are open all year long accepting patients 24/7, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Such was the case on Dec. 31, 2017, when Maria Esperanza Flores Rios was in labor and admitted into Delano Regional Medical Center.
Rios’s due date was Jan. 27, but she was scheduled to have a C-section on Jan. 10. However, the twins she was carrying could not wait, and Rios found herself at the hospital earlier than expected.
The 39-year-old California mom bade farewell to 2017 by giving birth to son Joaquin Jr. Ontiveros at 11:58 p.m. Weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces (approx. 3 kg), he was the last baby to arrive in Kern County in 2017.
As the mother and son ushered in 2018, his twin sister, Aitana de Jesus Ontiveros, was born 18 minutes later at 12:16 a.m. Weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces (approx. 2 kg), she was the first baby to arrive in Kern County in 2018.
Even though the siblings were delivered just 18 minutes apart, they ended up being born in different years!
It was the first time Dr. Seyed Tamjidi of Delano Regional Medical Center encountered such a delivery. “It’s pretty unusual. I would say it’s pretty rare,” Dr. Tamjidi told bakersfieldnow.com. “I’ve been doing this for 35 years, and I’ve never had this before.”
According to The Book of Odds: From Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, the Odds of Everyday Life, the probability of twins born in different years is about one in 60,000 births.
To commemorate the special occasion, the staff at the center took a group photo with Rios and her two adorable babies.
Later, Delano Regional Medical Center took to Facebook to announce the happy news.
“DRMC is honored to play a significant role in this 2018 New Year delivery of baby twins—while extending a sincere appreciation to the dedicated DRMC Staff and Physicians for all they do! Thank You to our community partners for their generous support of gifts for this great family!” the hospital wrote.
And, of course, the exhausted Rios feels blessed that her babies, four weeks premature, are healthy. “I feel really happy because I just had my two babies,” she told CNN through a translator.
Rios and her husband are farm laborers, who have three other daughters aged 6 to 18 years old.
The family also received $3,000 worth of baby supplies as Aitana was the first baby born at Delano Regional Medical Center in 2018.
Congratulations to Rios on the arrival of her two little blessings. May the new additions bring the family lots of fun times and happy memories!
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