Victoria parents recalls giving birth during 9/11 attacks
by CAMILLE M. DOTY - CDOTY@VICAD.COM
Sept. 10, 2011 at 4:10 a.m.
Frankie Yarborough and Jim Raz were nervous and excited to become parents. Their son, Kyle Logan Raz, was already one week late.
They arrived at Citizens Medical Center shortly after midnight Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Little did they know how much their lives and the lives of the rest of the world would change that day.
"It brings goosebumps just thinking about it," Raz said.
That morning, he and Yarborough were in the delivery room praying when a nurse told them to turn on the TV. They tuned in right before the airplane hit the second tower of the World Trade Center.
"I asked them to turn the TV off. It was a little overwhelming," the new mother said.
Their son, Kyle Logan Raz, was born about eight hours after the attacks.
While Yarborough was in labor, she said she had already begun to think about what kind of life her baby would have.
Raz said he had mixed emotions.
"I was excited for him to be there, but I felt bad for someone else," he said,
Yarborough, who now lives in Port Lavaca, described her son as sympathetic toward others.
"I think he feels connected to it," she said.
The 10-year-old Jackson Roosevelt Elementary student said he knows about the attacks on the World Trade Center.
"I've seen it on TV," he said. "I think about it a little bit."
This year, Kyle said he will have a low-key birthday with friends playing "Guitar Hero" on PlayStation2 and going swimming.