“We knew there were people due before us so we didn’t think it would even be possible.”

McPherson Hospital is pleased to announce its first baby delivery of the new year.

Zane Anthony Stone was born at 2:02 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 to McPherson residents Sydney Stone and her husband Michael.

Zane wasn’t due until Jan. 18, but decided to make an early appearance.

“We knew there were people due before us so we didn’t think it would even be possible,” Michael Stone said. “We were surprised.”

Zane weighed a healthy seven pounds, three ounces.

Michael is in the Air National Guard and Sydney will be employed at the recently-opened Fieldhouse Sports Grill and Taps in McPherson, when she is ready.

“All the people at work thought I would probably start labor on opening night,” Sydney said with a smile.

Maternal grandparents of Zane are Lonnie and Karen Graves of Minneapolis, Kansas and Rachel Graves of Abilene. Paternal grandparents are Mike and Alicia Stone of Marion.

Zane managed to create some interesting statistics for his grandfathers with his arrival. He was born on the seventh of the month and is the seventh grandchild for maternal grandfather Lonnie. And his delivery room number matches the badge number for grandad Mike, who is the K9 Sergeant for the Marion Police Department.

There’s another interesting fact about Zane’s delivery. Even though Sydney and Zane’s doctor is McPherson physician Dr. Alicia Chennell, he was actually delivered, under Dr. Chennell’s observation, by Gissela Abigail Tabora Galindo, a visiting female student from Honduras who is finishing up medical school. She has delivered numerous babies in Honduras, but this was her first delivery in the United States. The Stones had no reservations about the delivery.

“Everyone here has been fantastic,” Michael said. “They have treated us like family. It couldn’t have been better.”

As is custom for the first new year baby at McPherson Hospital, volunteer president Pat Bruce and Lori Koehn, director of volunteers services, presented the family with a basket of essentials and fun items donated by hospital volunteers and staff members.