"Mother Gives Birth to 18th Child."
A newspaper article about my mother was printed in the Philadelphia Bulletin on October 10th 1958, has been found after fifty-one years. The original copy that our family has is torn and holds no photo. I tried many times to locate another, but to no avail. How it turned up is a story in itself:
My nephew’s daughter is a nurse, and works in the same hospital where my mother delivered all of her eighteen children. She was talking to one of the other nurses about having a great-grandmother who gave birth to eighteen children in this very hospital. The other nurse reminded her of how the Maternity floor, and our society has changed from the times mothers and newborns stayed in the hospital for 7-10 days after their delivery. Giving birth was one of the miracles that everyone in the world celebrated.
The nurse asked her what her great-grandmother’s name is. When she told her, she then began her story:
She said, “I believe there used to be a reception room filled with all the news media that was affiliated with the Frankfort Hospital. Very few people took the time to read over them. It was supposedly to be located on the main floor, but visitors usually hurried past to get on the elevator to visit their family and friends. It was a lounge where newspaper clippings covered the walls with all the wonders in medicine, healing, and miracles that took place in the Frankfort Hospital.”
She then took her to a storage file room, and in a cabinet full of old newspaper clippings that were tucked away in a drawer, to the article, Mother Gives Birth to 18th Child, stood out on top. She said it was one of the wonderful stories that the Frankfort Hospitals were so proud to display, when having so many children was a miracle that everyone celebrated. She remembered this particular story that tenderly touched her. My mother's great-granddaughter felt its touch, too.
You can read the entire article if you tap on the photo above.
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Westwind Foster Family Agency, Christian Children's Fund, Compassion International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Invisible Children, Save the Children