Lucky 7 born in Uniontown Hospital
Little did I know when I was on a routine assignment at Uniontown Hospital that I would be faced with a possible sign of how tomorrow's Super Bowl may turn out.
When the big game comes around, so do the number of Pittsburgh Steelers-related stories that a newspaper reporter like myself is assigned to write.
This year, my big Super Bowl story was finding how people are celebrating at their places of employment. A trip to Uniontown Hospital was on my list.
Earlier this week while I was speaking on the phone with Karen DeiCas, director of development and community relations at Uniontown Hospital, she said it would be no problem to find wards in the hospital that are going all out to support the "drive to 45," or XLV, if you want to make the number official.
She also added that I may get lucky and find a newborn wearing a specially made Steelers blanket and hat made by nurse Karen Lessman of Mt. Pleasant.
I thought that would make a good photo. But how lucky can you really get• Unless there's a scheduled C-section, expecting to have a newborn to photograph on a particular day and time is like predicting the results of a coin toss.
But yesterday, DeiCas and I headed to the unofficially named "Hines Maternity Ward" where there were babies born on Feb. 1, 3 and 4.
It wasn't until I started having the chairman of the department of obstetrics, Dr. Daniel Nahhas, and two registered nurses, Robin Nehela and Jill Milkluscak, help me set up a photo shot of the six babies in the nursery dressed in Black and Gold that I got even luckier.
Pittsburgh has six Super Bowl rings, four fingers and two thumbs accounted for. But, like all Steelers fans, I was hoping for seven.
But, I told myself, six was enough.
"Why push your luck?" I thought.
I took the photos and the babies were cute. I thought my job was done, but then I heard what I thought was a cell phone's ring tone with the familiar melody "Happy Birthday To You."
I was then informed that it wasn't a cell phone; it was the intercom. The song plays whenever a child is born, and that child was Sa-Rhya Jointer, the daughter of Shayla Jointer and Duane Harrison of Cardale.
The seventh in the last several days.
So, what do you think — how lucky can you get?
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Bettis to be enshrined in Pro Football Hall of Fame
- PBT stages elaborate new production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’
- Pitt upsets No. 8 Notre Dame to snap losing streak
- Franklin Regional wrestling rallies to top Belle Vernon, defend team title
- Burrell wrestling wins 9th straight Class AA team title
- Natural gas industry buys share of Super Bowl spotlight
- Tennessee QB considers transfer to Pitt
- Beer keeps roasted chicken juicy
- Central Catholic safety Petrishen to sign with Penn State
- Penguins notebook: Malkin could return Wednesday at Edmonton
- Nation sick of Obama blunders, Perry tells state Republicans