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Miracle woman now a miracle mom

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Timber Miller finally made his way into the world and just as the saying goes "like father, like son".

"They scheduled me for an induction and they day I came in for an induction my water breaks. So he's a stubborn little thing. He gets it from his father," said Timber's mother, Miranda Miller.

The 1-day-old infant kept his mom in labor for 18 hours, after surprising her and her husband nine months earlier.

"We didn't really expect it and he stuck in there and here he is," Miller said.

Miranda knows a thing or two about sticking in there. In 1987, Miranda's mother, Dale Herrington, was unable to have kids naturally because of blocked fallopian tubes so she and her husband, Joey, decided to use a fairly new procedure called in vitro fertilization.

"At that time they only implanted three embryos at a time and the remaining embryos were frozen. So nowadays they'll put up to five, six, or seven in, but back then they only did three," said Herrington.

Miranda was Dale's 12th and final embryo, becoming the first frozen embryo born for the Medical College of Georgia, the second for the state, and only the fourth in vitro fertilized baby in the country. Now, 23 years later, that once 10-pound, 7-ounce baby girl has given birth to her own child.

"It's going to be an exciting journey. I can't wait to start when we get home," said Miller.

Unlike his mom, baby Timber was conceived the old-fashion way. At birth, he weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. He had some respitory problems at first, but now doctor's say Timber's in extremely good health.

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