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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Hails Three Leap Year Babies

Far Rockaway, New York, March 19, 2024 — St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s team members were filled with excitement as the hospital welcomed three new babies on February 29, 2024, also known as Leap Day.

Babies born on Leap Day are commonly referred to as “leaplings,” “leapers,” or “leapsters” due to the additional day in the month occurring every four years. The likelihood of being born on Leap Day is roughly one in 1,461, which makes three babies at one hospital an even more special event!

The beautiful newborns arrived in the early hours, with Hely Ixcoy Cheche, a charming baby boy making his debut at 1:48 a.m., weighing 6 lbs. 12oz. Wilda Zidor, a lovely baby girl arrived at 2:44 a.m., tipping the scales at 5 lbs. 12 oz. Completing the delightful trio, Safistou Traora, a beautiful baby girl, entered the world at 7:34 a.m., weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz.

“It is so special for parents to choose St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and to then have them give birth to their babies on such a magical day! Leap Year is such a “special day,” only occurring once every 4 years. It is truly a pleasure to support and serve this community and to know that we had a place in helping to guide these new souls here,” Dr. Jacqueline Marecheau, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology said.

Each family received a special gift basket from the St. John’s ICARE Foundation, including a canvas baby bag with clothes, wipes, bibs, booties, a “Far Rock Raised Me” onesie, a baby toy and book, along with a one-month supply of Luvs diapers, donated by the Allied Foundation.

Each of the Leap Year baby’s families received a month’s supply of diapers and a gift bag filled with goodies from the St. John’s ICARE Foundation.

About Episcopal Health Services

Episcopal Health Services Inc., (EHS) is a health system located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York. The system provides emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved Rockaways and Five Towns populations. The system provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment, and rehabilitative services, regardless of their ability to pay.