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It's A Small World

January 20, 2017

It's a small world, especially for two infants (and their parents) born in the Wesson Women and Infants' Unit at Baystate Medical Center on Feb. 17.

The births are filled with coincidences not only for the two families, but for Baystate Medical Center as well.

New mom Kassandra Eady of Springfield gave birth just several hours before her cousin, Rachel Kellner, gave birth here at 2:23 p.m.

Kassandra's baby, Hunter James LaFleur, dad is Joseph LaFleur, weighed in at 7 pounds and 19 inches. Not only was having a health baby boy good news for the couple, but while in labor, Kassandra's phone rang with some additional good news. The nurse, who graduated from the UMass School of Nursing in Dec., learned she had an appointment at Baystate to become a part of the hospital's Nurse Residency Program. She also interned at the hospital and is a Patient Care Technician (PCT) on the cardiovascular unit.

Rachel, who just happens to also be the daughter-in-law of Kathy Tobin - director of Annual Giving & Events for the Baystate Health Foundation - gave birth to Ginevra Glory Martin who also weighted in at 7 pounds and 19 inches. Dad is Samuel Martin.

And, the last twist. Mary Rodzen RN, who was in the room when Rachel gave birth, was also in the room at Baystate 21 years ago when Kathy gave birth to her son, Samuel.

Yes, it certainly is a small world after all

Who are they?

Cutline: From left, Joseph, Kassandra and Hunter, and Samuel, Rachel and Ginevra