Olivia Hibbs-Satterfield found out she was pregnant the same day her father was diagnosed with stage three esophageal and stomach cancer. She didn’t expect him to make it until her daughter’s birth.

But in the early hours of Jan. 1, John Hibbs held his newest granddaughter, Lucy Hibbs-Satterfield.

“This is a great start to the next year,” he said. After a hard 2014, enduring chemotherapy and surgery to rebuild his esophagus, Hibbs is cancer-free.

At seven pounds, one ounce, Lucy appears to be the first baby born in Portland in 2015. She arrived at 12:09 a.m. — the same time as last year’s first baby — at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.

“That shows just how special she really is,” said new father Brian Satterfield. The couple lives in Dallas, a town just west of Salem. Lucy is their first child.

Lucy was scheduled to be born Dec. 30 via caesarean, the new parents said, because she was positioned to come out feet-first. When the couple arrived at the hospital Tuesday, doctors discovered that Lucy had flipped into a safe position, which is unlikely at that stage.

Hibbs-Satterfield went into intense labor Wednesday night, and delivered without complication.

The mom said she thanks God both her daughter and father are healthy. She cried trying to describe the first time her father held Lucy. The couple is active in the Mormon church and said members across the country have been praying for their family in recent months.

“I truly believe that it’s only by the grace of God that he’s here today,” she said.

Other babies born shortly after midnight New Year’s Day at Portland hospitals included:

  • A boy, whose name hasn’t been decided, was born at 1:41 a.m. at Providence St. Vincent to Alex and Dana, who declined to share their last name
  • Aubrey Maya Schneider was born at 1:43 a.m. to Cassandra Carter and Kyle Schneider at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

— Melissa Binder

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