Baby surprises parents with Mother's Day birth

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Kameron Percell — all 5 pounds, 8 ounces of her — arrived on Mother’s Day at Good Samaritan Medical Center , bringing plenty of joy and a little surprise to her parents.

“Her due date was May 30. But I had a feeling she was going to be early,” said her mother, Kathee Sisavath, 24, a Lake Worth resident, sitting up in her hospital bed about four hours after she had her first child.

Having a child born on Mother’s Day will make the annual event a little extra special, said Kameron’s father, Kendrick Percell, 30.

“It will give us a little more to celebrate every year,” said Percell, who works in the health and wellness industry.

Kameron wasn’t the only Mother’s Day baby born in Palm Beach County. Two babies each were born at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach and at West Boca Medical Center. Doctors expected a second baby to be born Sunday at Good Samaritan, said Ryan Lieber, spokesman for the three hospitals.

Kathee and Kendrick came to Good Samaritan Medical Center on Saturday morning when Kathee began having labor pains. Doctors examined her and sent her home.

The couple returned about 10 p.m. Saturday. Kathee was admitted. Kameron was born at about 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

“The labor was difficult at first. But after I received the epidural injection, it was very smooth,” said Kathee, who works as a bartender.

As medical staff hovered over the mother and child Sunday afternoon, several family members and friends stopped in to visit. In between their chances to speak with Kathee, they whispered to each other and smiled.

“This is such an indescribable feeling. Every year at Mother’s Day, I’m going to remind her that this is the day I gave her life,” said Kathee, cradling Kameron in her arms.