Welcome to the world: First babies of 2022 born at Vidant are twins

Published: Jan. 1, 2022 at 12:11 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The first babies of 2022 born at Vidant Medical Center made their debuts at 12:25 and 12:35 a.m.

The twins are the children of Lakeisha Peterson and Canaan Fleming, Jr. of Winterville.

“The babies are doing awesome,” said Peterson. “They’re not on breathing tubes, but they are going to be in the NICU for a while.”

Camira weighs 1 pound, 9 ounces and is 12.9 inches long. Cayman weighs 2 pounds, 3 ounces and is 14.5 inches long.

While it is expected for premature babies to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Peterson did not expect to test positive for COVID during her delivery.

“I didn’t know it. I didn’t have no symptoms or anything,” said Peterson. “It’s very important for people to follow the guidelines even if you don’t want to. You never know who’s sick.”

Vidant announced visitor restrictions at the end of December, but the allotted visitors for the Women’s Center and Children’s Hospital were not affected by this.

Peterson says she is now focused on resting, healing, and preparing for the twins’ grand arrival into a new home.

“They’ll be in a bigger house. It’ll be furnished for them, so I’m looking forward to doing all of that while they are still here being taken care of so when they get out,” Peterson said, “they can go into their new house.”

The twins have become the first babies to start the new delivery count for Vidant. In 2021, Vidant Health and Women’s Services at Maynard Children’s Hospital delivered more than 3,700 babies.

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