Local Leap Day Baby Born

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A family from Athens Pennsylvania is celebrating a very special birth today.

Wendy Ferreira, a Registered Nurse at Guthrie says, “It’s a rare event and it only happens once every four years.”

Leap day. Why do we have it? Well, we know there’s 365 days in a year, but in reality it takes the earth a little longer than that to circle the sun…so every 4 years an extra day is added in February to make up for the difference. As rare as leap year is, a birth on this day is even more special.

Ferreira says, “Babies are special regardless but to have their birthday fall on this day is something historical for them and for their record.”

In her 20 years as a nurse, Wendy Ferreira has never seen a baby born on leap year…until today. Meet baby Ian, born at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre at 12:49 Monday morning. Ian’s parents say they can’t believe the odds.

Ian’s Dad, John Phillips says, “One in every hundred I think I mean it’s cool to happen this way I mean who would’ve thought having baby on a leap day would actually happen.”

And Mom Traci Phillips says, “Very much unique I would say he’s a very special little boy to us so it was a miracle.”

If this day only comes around once every 4 years, when will baby Ian celebrate his birthday from here on out?

Traci says, “We are going to celebrate his birthday on the 28th of February because that’s when I came into the hospital and then every four years we’ll celebrate on his actual birthday.”

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