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Gainesville woman delivers baby during ice storm
Lack of power kept family scrambling all week
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Alexa entered the world last week while most of Hall County was in the dark.

Her mother, Elena Castro, was in the hospital Monday morning, giving birth to a baby girl.

“By the time my sister-in-law took my kids to see the baby, they told me it was pretty bad outside, but we never thought that it was going to last too (long) to get the power back,” Castro said.

Castro and her husband, Jose Lopez, were checking constantly with the power company to see when the electricity would come back. Their home lost power on Monday.

Castro, a mother of four girls, was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, but was able to stay that night at the pediatric unit.

“They didn’t want me to let me go home without energy and the baby being 2 days old,” Castro said.

A nurse let her know of the warming center at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, where Castro would eventually move on Thursday.

“If it wasn’t for (the nurse), I wouldn’t even know they had this shelter. I think we would still be at home, like I said, in the cold,” Castro said.

Castro said she and her husband discussed the possibility of Alexander if the baby was a boy and shortened it to Alexa at the arrival of a baby girl. Her other daughters also approved of the name because of their love of the Barbie movies, Castro said.

According to shelter officials, Castro and her family went home Thursday evening with power restored.

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