Thirteen months after their 34-hour-old conjoined twins died, Robin and Michael Hamby of Ladonia have a healthy baby boy.
Seth Michael Hamby was born Monday morning at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus. He is 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and 19.5 inches long, Robin told the Ledger-Enquirer in a text message. "We are doing great," she said.
The Hambys captivated the Chattahoochee Valley, and their mission gained national and international attention, as they defied medical advice to bring their conjoined twin sons into the world. From originally sharing their story with the Ledger-Enquirer in September 2014, through updates on the rare pregnancy, to the delivery of Asa and Eli the morning of Dec. 4, 2014, their death the following afternoon and their memorial service six days later, Robin and Michael wanted their journey to be a ministry and inspire others to model their faith.
Now, their perseverance has been rewarded again.
“I am just totally ecstatic to have this blessing in my hands,” Michael told the L-E in a phone interview Monday afternoon as he held Seth in Robin’s hospital room. “This is a little bit of Heaven.”
Robin said Seth looks like Selah, their daughter, who will be 3 this month.
“We’re excited to show that, even through trials and heartache, you can still see the goodness in every day,” Robin said, “and God can still amaze us by how much He loves us.”
Michael and Robin had chosen the names for Asa and Eli from the Bible. Asa, which means “healer” or “doctor” in Hebrew, was a king of Judah. Eli, which means “ascended” or “my God” in Hebrew, was a high priest of Israel. Although they selected the name Seth because it also is in the Bible, they didn’t know its meaning until Michael’s father told them.
As declared in Genesis 4:25, “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.”
Robin concluded, “Seth was Eve’s compensation, and Seth is ours. Looking at him, all of God’s mercy and grace are in his little-bitty face.”
Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow him on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.