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New Year's babies born 2 seconds apart are welcomed surprises to El Paso families
By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas -- As many El Pasoans counted down to celebrate 2014, two families counted contractions until two baby girls were brought into the world.
At 12 a.m. exactly, Kamila Gonzalez was delivered at Providence Memorial Hospital. At 7.5 pounds, her mother said it was an experience unlike anything other.
"It's never happened to me," Anaiz Gonzalez said. "It was kind of stressful, but after all, everything was fine, and I'm glad she's here."
Two seconds later and about a pound lighter, Inna Garcia was also born at Providence.
Audrey Garcia, director of marking at Providence Memorial Hospital said the staff couldnt remember the last time a baby was born right at midnight at their hospital, and Inna and Kamila were about two seconds apart.
Inna's parents, Eliot and Rosa Garcia, were expecting her to arrive on Jan. 17, but they are happy with her early arrival.
"It took us by surprise," Eliot Garcia said. "We were getting ready in the afternoon for dinner, and my wife's water broke."
Inna, whose parents said she was named after their favorite singer, was the second addition to the Garcia family.
Kamila has two older siblings, and her mother said that her birth is something she hopes Kamila will never forget.
"I didn't expect this much attention or all this happening," Anaiz Gonzalez said. "That's going to be something she'll always remember."