A newborn child who came into the lives of two different families in Louisiana at a time when both of those families’ lives were at a turning point connected them together for all of eternity.
The newborn son of Connie Despanie and Benjamin Hall, who was given the name Kingston James Hall, did not have a middle name when he was first introduced to the world.
After reading a letter written by a grieving lady whose father had passed away in the hospital at the age of 86 years old, the couple got the inspiration to give their child a middle name.
The letter was written by Jamie Fontenot on the day that her father passed away in the same hospital.
Fontenot was inspired to write the letter after she overheard lullaby music being played over the public address system of the hospital in honor of the birth of a new baby. At 10:40 in the morning, only a few minutes after Fontenot’s father passed away, Kingston was born.
The letter was addressed to Kingston and read, “To my dad’s angel, even though I will never know your name, you are the first child born here after my dad’s passing.”
Dr. Jennifer Pugliese and nurse Cydney Begnaud, who assisted in the birth of Kingston on January 12, 2018, were the ones to receive the letter.
The letter was passed along to the new mother by Pugliese, who said, “She began reading it in complete silence, and tears began running down her cheeks almost immediately.”
Fontenot’s father was called James Lee Grimmett, and Fontenot’s parents chose the name Kingston James Hall for their infant son in honor of Fontenot’s father.
Cydney Begnaud, a nurse, stated that she had just entered the room when the father exclaimed, “Oh, we found our middle name!”
Cydney Begnaud was the one who organized a meeting between Fontenot and the family, and it was a very emotional time for everyone involved.
Even though it’s been four years since the letter was sent, the families are still linked because to the unique relationship that it formed between them. Begnaud was able to find and catch up with them, including Kingston, who is now four years old and has started kindergarten.