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Henderson hospital has twin-baby boom

Posted July 24, 2008

— Maria Parham Medical Center was busy this week with three sets of twins born on the same shift Tuesday.

The six children raised the total of babies in the maternity ward to 17 – an increase from the usual handful of infants there.

The baby boom started Tuesday morning with the Gatrells. Kimberly Gatrell had a scheduled caesarean section to deliver her twins, Kallie and Kevin. Soon, she and husband, Alan Gatrell, realized something was going on in the maternity wing.

“They kept coming in the room saying, ‘Someone else came in. Someone else came in,’” Kimberly Gatrell said.

Eight hours later, Jennie Davis gave birth to twins, Andrell and Aydrell.

“I was like, oh my goodness, what is going on today?” Davis said.

After 8:00 p.m., 12 hours after the first set of twins were born, Wayne and Melissa Seaman welcomed twin boys, Carson and Tyler.

“It’s neat to be part of that, because that just doesn’t happen everyday, especially not in such a small town,” Melissa Seaman said.

Nurse Margie Hentze said everyone “battened down the hatches” and chipped in to help with the deliveries.

The parents and babies could go home as early as Friday. The parents said they want to meet and share stories from the day before they leave.


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 25, 2008

    This is not new worthy, my dear.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jul 25, 2008

    This is old news. This has happen before but to different. Happy day to all involved until 18 years. Will they still be happy?

  • purplerado Jul 25, 2008

    This is newsworthy because of something not mentioned: The rate of twin births has been increasing because of the bovine growth hormones being injected into cows to increase their milk production. The growth hormone increases the blood levels of insulinlike growth hormone (I.G.F.) in women who drink a lot of milk, and this is directly associated with an increased risk (up to five times) of multiple ovulation according to a report in the May 2006 issue of The Journal of Reproductive Medicine. Twin births are more medically risky than singleton births, not to mention the added expense of having two kids not one. Does anybody care what they (MONSANTO & their buddies in the FDA) are doing to our food supply and how it’s affecting people??

  • alwaysCool Jul 25, 2008

    I no longer find twins or multiply births exciting. With all that artifical technology what do you expect. That is the latest tren in Hollyweed and the world.

  • kbo0801 Jul 24, 2008

    Oh great they had twins. Babies are wonderful but, this was not news worthy.

  • prayin4tr Jul 24, 2008

    wow thats great. I agree its nice to see something positive.

  • BarnRat Jul 24, 2008

    How cool! Nice to see something happy on wral.com!!

  • mypuckytaz Jul 24, 2008

    How refreshing to hear a positive and upbeat story instead of the normal murders, robberies, etc. that happen all too often! God bless these new babies and their parents.