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'Hurricane Baby' Born At University Hospital

Elizabeth Allen
University Health System
A University Health System nurse brought a pregnant storm evacuee from Rockport to the hospital. Shanika Jones had evacuated because of Hurricane Harvey and delivered her baby girl at University Hospital on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

A pregnant Rockport woman who had to flee Hurricane Harvey never imagined she’s be delivering her child in San Antonio.

A University Health System nurse working one of the shelters where Shanika Jones was staying realized she was going into labor.

That’s when she brought her to University Hospital where Zakaiya Grace was born Wednesday evening.

It’s the first of what may be many hurricane babies born in cities that are not their home, as expectant mothers fled the storm.

Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.