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Twice the first: Riggyn is a miracle in more ways than one

Shelby Triplett and Dr. Paul Gochis welcome Riggyn Grace, the first baby born at St. Luke Community Hospital in 2014. Riggyn is also Shelby's first - and last - child. (courtesy photo) Shelby Triplett and Dr. Paul Gochis welcome Riggyn Grace, the first baby born at St. Luke Community Hospital in 2014. Riggyn is also Shelby's first - and last - child. (courtesy photo)

RONAN — Mother calls her “my miracle baby.”

She is Riggyn Grace Triplett, the first daughter of Shelby Triplett of Ronan; and, the first baby born at St. Luke Community Hospital in 2014.

After three miscarriages, the first time mom successfully delivered the 6 pound, 14 ounce baby girl Tuesday evening, January 7.

“I told myself that this would be my last attempt,” Triplett explained. “And, thanks to Dr. (Paul) Gochis, who’d been through everything with me, my miracle baby was born.”

Triplett, who works in environmental services at the Ronan hospital, says that she also appreciative of all of the support that she has received during her pregnancy. “I’m grateful to have a family who has been so supportive,” she says. “There’s no way that I could have done this without them.”

Lynn Metzger, Shelby’s mom and Riggyn’s maternal grandmother, also works at the Ronan hospital as a CNA. She adds that she appreciates the St. Luke family, especially the environmental services department “who were very accommodating during the pregnancy because Shelby needed lots of bed rest.”

Triplett adds that all of the gifts from the community were “super awesome, especially for a new single mom trying to make her way, today.”

Over $600 in gifts and certificates were a part of a basket of goods and services given to the new mom and baby in recognition of being the first baby born at St. Luke in 2014.

163 babies were born at the St. Luke in 2013. That marks the fifth year in a row that the Ronan hospital has had the most number of deliveries in Lake County.

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