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2022 New Year's baby in Jamestown arrives on same day as great-grandmother's passing

Knox Bryan Walden arrived on Jan. 2.

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The first baby born in Jamestown in 2022 is Knox Bryan Walden, the son of Brooke and Kyle Walden. He was born on Jan. 2. Contributed / Jamestown Regional Medical Center
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The parents of the 2022 New Year’s baby say he has a special guardian angel.

Knox Bryan Walden arrived on Jan. 2, the first baby born at Jamestown Regional Medical Center this year. The son of Brooke and Kyle Walden, Leal, North Dakota, Knox was born at 11:48 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

Also born on that day was Knox’s cousin in Oregon. Though the family welcomed both infants with joy, they also mourned a loss. Knox’s great-grandmother, Delores Demars, passed away the same day – in the early hours of the morning.

“When Knox was born, he needed oxygen to support his breathing. We think Kyle’s grandmother was looking out for him,” Brooke said. “She had two great-grandchildren on the day she passed away.”

“The New Year’s baby symbolizes a fresh start and rebirth,” said Emily Woodley, JRMC Family BirthPlace manager. “We always look forward to welcoming these little ones to the community. Knox’s story gives us goosebumps.”

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Knox’s parents as well as big sister Blake, 2, are excited to bring him home. The name “Knox” begins with the same letter as Kyle, just like big sister’s first initial is the same as Brooke’s.

“We did that on purpose,” Brooke said, saying both she and Blake have November birthdays, and Kyle and Knox have January birthdays.

Knox’s middle name comes from a deceased family friend, Brooke said.

“I thought that would be a good way to honor the memory of ‘Uncle’ Bryan,” she said.

The couple say they hope for what most parents want for their children – health and happiness.

In 2021, JRMC delivered 331 babies, compared to 319 babies in 2020 and 328 in 2019.

To learn more about delivering at JRMC, visit www.jrmcnd.com/moms.

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