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First 2013 baby at Newton Medical has quick delivery

Big brother Quindarius provides a safe spot for little Savione to sleep, while parents Melissa Driskell and Mendell Williams look on. - Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

Big brother Quindarius provides a safe spot for little Savione to sleep, while parents Melissa Driskell and Mendell Williams look on. - Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

COVINGTON -- It seems the first baby born at Newton Medical Center in 2013 was really determined to claim the title.

Melissa Driskell of Jasper County started feeling labor pains at around 11 p.m. New Year's Eve, about a week before her due date. She got to the hospital some time after midnight, where she was assured that though she was already dilated to 4 centimeters, there would be time for an epidural. But it turns out there wasn't -- within the hour she was fully dilated and the staff was concerned that Dr. Cathy T. Larrimore wouldn't make it in time for the birth.

At 2:11 a.m., after just one push, Savione Mendell entered the world, weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces and 19 inches long.

"He came quick and it hurt bad," said Driskell.

Savione has a head full of black hair and long fingers that have family speculating he could one day be a basketball player.

Driskell said her hope for her second-born son is simply "that he grows up to be a healthy child."

Big brother Quindarius, 11, has a different wish. "I hope he grows up to be like me," he said.

The March of Dimes provided a gift basket to the hospital to give to the family featuring goodies like bath supplies, a blanket and onesie.