Baby boom expected at Buffalo hospital nine months after freak snow storm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Snowed in and scrambling during a freak storm in November, Mary Ann Murphy predicted there would be another flurry of activity in, oh, about nine months, at the Buffalo hospital where she’s in charge of maternity services.

Sure enough, a mini baby boom has begun at Mercy Hospital and officials say they expect to deliver about 250 babies before August is through. That’s up from the usual 200 or so.

The hospital saw a jaw-dropping 7 feet of snow fall during the week before Thanksgiving and serves the area hit by the storm.

“Nowhere to go, nothing to do,” is how Jason and Stephanie Brueggeman describe that week. The Lancaster couple welcomed Grace Elizabeth this week, saying they’re glad she came a little early and let them avoid the rush.

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