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Sept. 11: Boy's Birth in Jacksonville on Dark Day a Sign of Hope

6:08 PM, Sep 10, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For one local woman, the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11th terror attacks is bittersweet.

Liz Hess' story of miracles began the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. As she and the rest of the world were glued to the television watching in horror as the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon, she went into labor.

Hess had been monitored by the hospital because her pregnancy was considered high risk. All the way there Liz was glued to the radio to hear any news of what was happening. "I remember they were playing 'God Bless America," she said.

At the hospital, things took a turn for the worse. Liz's amniotic fluid blocked her heart and lungs, and her heart stopped three times. And yet, doctors were able to revive her and deliver her son Steven safely.

That was her miracle.

Still, for the first four years of his life, she didn't feel like giving Steven a real birthday party. It just didn't feel it was right, she said.

But on his 5th, he got the full works. It was time to move on, Hess said.

Now 10, Steven realizes how special he is to be born on that day. A reminder of the goodness that can happen in the middle of such darkness, he hopes to serve one day in the U.S. Army.  

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