A 9-pound, 11-ounce baby was born at 9:11 p.m. on Sept. 11 at a Tennessee hospital.
Christina Malone-Brown is one of thousands who have been born at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in suburban Memphis, but the circumstances of her birth are “one in a million,” said Janet Callicott, a nurse at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, where Christina was Thursday.
“Everybody was saying we should go play the lottery,” joked Justin Brown, Christina’s father.
Sept. 11 was the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on United Airlines Flight 93. But that date now holds a dear memory for Christina’s family, said Cametrione Malone-Brown, Christina’s mother.
“She comes in on 9/11, there was so much devastation but she’s bringing all this joy and life into the world, because everybody’s been waiting on her,” she said of Christina.
Malone-Brown, of Southaven, Mississippi, said she’s recovering after the C-section and “relieved she’s out,” as Christina is the heaviest baby she has had.
Malone-Brown arrived at the hospital Wednesday night after having contractions, and the C-section incision began around 9 p.m., Justin Brown said. The doctor pronounced the birth at 9:11 p.m. CDT and the baby was weighed at 9 pounds, 11 ounces.
“The whole time (the doctor) was stitching her back up, she couldn’t believe it, she kept saying, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve got a 9/11, 9/11, 9/11,” Justin Brown said.
What happened on Sept. 11 will be an important event for Christina to learn when she’s older, said Justin Brown.