Gustav Evacuee delivers baby at Union General
Parents Melanie and Randy Geier with Annabella Grace and big sister Liliana

September 3, 2008 - Gustav Evacuee delivers baby at Union General in Blairsville, Georgia

At the same time that Hurricane Gustav was slamming ashore in Louisiana, the Geier family was welcoming new arrival, baby Annabella Grace, into the world at Union General Hospital.

After mandatory evacuations were issued to Louisiana residents, the Geier family headed north. Proud grandmother Patricia Lewis says, "We left Mandeville, Louisiana on Saturday and went to Birmingham, Alabama, before deciding to come on up to my sister's place in the Trackrock area of Union County. It has been a delightful experience; Blairsville has been like a little piece of heaven."

Melanie, Randy, and big sister Liliana, welcomed little Annabella to the world on Monday, September 1 st at 10:32 a.m. Melanie says, "She was born on Labor Day and it's also the day that Gustav hit." She adds, "I'm so glad I had my baby at Union General Hospital . The people have been so nice, it's unbelievable."

Melanie's baby was due on September 6th but arrived about a week early. Melanie says, "Annabella was born in just an hour and fifteen minutes after I arrived at the hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. and 5 ounces. Thanks to Dr. Breedlove, Dr. Davis, Nurse Lisa Tipton, and everyone else that has been taking such great care of us."