MSHA welcomes first babies of 2012


Mountain States Health Alliance celebrated Sunday the birth of the health system's first babies of 2012 in Tennessee and Virginia. The year's first baby was a boy born at 5:01 a.m. at Johnson City Medical Center. Kyson Rabon Britt, the son of Aubrey Rabon and Dustin Britt of Johnson City, Tenn., weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. His mother, Aubrey, said Kyson's New Year's birth was a surprise.

"He was three weeks early, so I didn't expect this to be happening yet," Aubrey said. "I just wanted him to hold off so he wouldn't be born on his brother's birthday."

Kyson's older brother, Devon Rabon, turned 7 on New Year's Eve.

"He's very small," Devon said of his brand-new brother. "Maybe when he's four years old, I'll let him play with this," he said, holding up a toy sword. 

Aubrey's sister, Amanda Rabon, had the privilege of assisting in Kyson's delivery. She is a pre-med student at East Tennessee State University, and was shadowing Dr. Howard Herrell the night her nephew was born.

MSHA's first Virginia baby of 2012 was a boy born at 8:36 a.m. at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Noah Chase Harvey, the son of Kayla and Jerry Harvey of St. Paul, Va., weighed 7 pounds, 1.5 ounces and was 20 inches long. His original due date was Jan. 7, so his New Year's birthday was an early surprise for the happy, first-time parents.

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