Tropical Storm Allison Baby Celebrates 4th Birthday

When Tropical Storm Allison inundated the Texas Medical Center four years ago Kimberly Young found herself in a precarious position, she was about to give birth and the only hospital she could get to was the VA Medical Center on Holcombe.

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But it was obvious that Kimberly Young was going to have the baby the there, maternity ward or not.

The Young's named their second daughter Asia VA and every year since the hospital throws a party for Asia--only the third baby ever born there.

Ed Tucker is the DeBakey VA Medical Center's Director. He held Asia as family, staff and patients sang happy birthday while she blew out the four candles on her cake. Asia greeted some of her presents with a big smile and she tossed others aside with the blatant honesty only a child can get away with. Some staff members began a scholarship fund for Asia two years ago. Patricia Jackson says it is getting bigger every year just like Asia.

Ed Tucker is proud of they the way the staff responded to make Asia VA's birth notable, for good reason.

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