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New Year's baby's arrival a surprise

January 01, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Dr. Stephen Bui and his wife, Dr. May Cao, of Waynesboro, finished seeing patients at their two medical practices on New Year's Eve. Then they went to dinner.

"Then I went into labor," Cao said.

The couple's first child wasn't expected to be born until Jan. 6. Instead, Kiley Vi Duc Bui was born Thursday at 2:19 p.m., making her the first baby born in 2009 in a Franklin County, Pa., hospital.

Kiley was born at Waynesboro Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 10.4 ounces. She was 19.5 inches long.

"We're very happy she's here and she's healthy," said Bui, 37.

Both said they didn't plan for Kiley to be the first baby of the new year, but they were excited about the distinction.

"It's a nice way to start the new year," said Cao, 36.

The couple was married last year after being introduced by Cao's brother, who is Bui's best friend from medical school.

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Cao is a chiropractor with Advanced Chiropractic, Foot & Ankle Care in Waynesboro, and Bui is a podiatrist on the staff at Waynesboro Hospital. They share an office on Strickler Avenue.

"It's good she came on a holiday or we would have had to cancel patients ... office hours," Bui said.

Holding his daughter, Bui explained the meaning of her names. Kiley is her American name, and she has two middle names. Vi is her Vietnamese name, he said. Duc is a family name, and Bui's middle name, which means "philanthropist."

Five generations of boys and girls in his family have been given that middle name.

Napping just hours after her birth, Kiley was active earlier, Cao said.

"She likes to look at people," she said.

Cao's parents are in Vietnam now, but will return in two weeks and are looking forward to helping with the baby, she said.

Cao is a Waynesboro native, but Bui is from New York and New Jersey, and said he's grown to love the town.

"It's great," he said. "I'm beginning a family here. There's nowhere better."

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