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"We are very blessed": Irma evacuee gives birth in Mobile

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

A Jacksonville couple trying to escape Hurricane Irma got a big surprise when they arrived in the Port City. Rebecca Morgan gave birth to a beautiful baby girl two weeks earlier than expected.

Grace Lynn Morgan was born Sunday evening at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile. She weighs 6-pounds and 14-ounces.

“We left Friday morning around 5 a.m. We got in about 6 p.m. central time here in Mobile. So the 6-hour Drive took about 12 or 13,” said Rebecca.

The couple is feeling thankful, especially after seeing photos and videos of the flooding in their hometown. The hospital Rebecca was supposed to give birth at was devastated by Irma.

“She's [Grace] is one of the main reasons why we evacuated. I would hate to have brought her into the world in that situation at that time,” said Zachary. “The fact that we were able to find something in Mobile, and then find such a great hospital here… it was just meant to be.”

Although the couple had a stressful journey, they can’t help but laugh. Ironically, they got married when Hurricane Matthew hit last year.

“We had to move our whole wedding to the Tampa side of the state and we re-planned the entire wedding in about 10 hours,” said Rebecca.

The couple never would have imagine that their first “family trip” would be to the Port City.

“It's definitely going to have a special place in our hearts, and we are going to have to keep coming back because now she has to know where she was born,” said Zachary as he laughed.

While the family anxiously anticipates what they’ll come home to, they are thankful for who they'll now come home with.

“She’s a healthy baby and we are very blessed,” said Rebecca.

The family plans to return home to Jacksonville at the end of the week. They joke that they will not plan any major life events next hurricane season.

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