Reporting John Lauritsen
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Forget Black Friday — it seems the University of Minnesota Medical Center celebrated Boy Friday this year.
From about 5 p.m. on Friday until 7:15 a.m. Monday, 19 boys were born in a row. The staff at the hospital said they’ve never heard of that happening before.
Boys ruled the delivery room for more than 62 straight hours, without a single girl being born.
Samantha Hoffman helped deliver four of them.
“I actually delivered baby 18 and we knew that the number had been pretty high. And then we went and found out that it has been 18 babies,” Hoffman said.
Number 19 would come a couple hours later.
Put all the baby boys together from head to toe and they total about 30 feet. Their total weight is a combine 115 pounds of baby boy.
Megan Dischinger gave birth to lucky number 14, but number one for Megan and her husband Curt. They named their son Elliot.
“It’s always fun to be a part of something that’s out of the ordinary,” Dischinger said.
That span was broken at 7:15 a.m. Monday when baby girl Ladan was born. As luck would have it, Ladan’s father, Mohamed Guled, is the CEO of a company called Dauus which makes diapers.
“When I heard about the story I thought, ‘that’s amazing. Why don’t we give 3 months’ supply of diapers to all the mothers that had all those boys,’” Guled said.
And that’s just what Guled did. It’s a great start for a bunch of little boys that are already a big deal.
“The girls have to catch up now. They have to represent,” Hoffman said.
The babies’ range of weights spanned eight pounds because some were born early, while others were born a little late.
The odds of this string of births are about 1 in more than 500,000.