Thirteen months ago, their conjoined twin boys survived only a day after their births at Northside Hospital. But Michael and Robin Hamby of Columbus relied on their faith, praying for another chance to give their toddler daughter a sibling.
On Monday, baby Seth Michael Hamby was born to at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus.
“I’m ecstatic,” Michael Hamby said in a Facebook video posted late Monday.
At 6 pounds, 6 ounces and 19.5 inches long, little Seth is healthy and was resting in his mother’s arms Monday in her hospital room.
“He has eaten and pooped and all the things you want babies to do,” Robin Hamby said.
In December 2014, Robin delivered Asa and Eli, twins who shared a torso, arms and legs, following a rare pregnancy the couple chronicled on Facebook. The couple knew the risks of carrying twins joined at their sides, a condition known as dicephalic parapagus, but believed the boys could beat the odds.
Tears and cries from the babies were a positive sign the morning the brothers were born. The Hamby twins made national headlines within hours of the delivery.
But the afternoon after their births, the twins’ health deteriorated. One heart was not strong enough for both Asa and Eli, and the boys died after being removed from ventilators. Within months, Robin Hamby was pregnant again, and the couple again posted online updates to thousands of followers.
“The Lord blessed us with Asa and Eli last year and we miss them dearly,” Hamby said Monday. “God is good and he decided to bless us again with Seth.”
The Hamby’s daughter, Selah, who turns 3 on Jan. 28, was not overly impressed with her new brother.
“She touched his foot, that was it,” Michael Hamby said.