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Three Babies Arrive for Kundicks in Two Hospitals Within One and a Half Hours

Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 12:03 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

IMG_0653NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (EYT) – In the space of an hour and a half last Wednesday, March 7, Ben Kundick Jr., of New Bethlehem, gained three new grandchildren when his two daughters gave birth at two different area hospitals.

 (Pictured above and below: Ben Kundick, Jr. with two of his new grandchildren.)


Nicole Bates gave birth to twins at Penn Highlands in DuBois at 5:07 p.m. and 5:08 p.m. and sister Nadia Mangiantini gave birth at 6:37 p.m. in UPMC-Seneca.

“Everybody’s healthy, and the twins had to be on ventilators for a day,” said Kundick. “They were big babies — they weren’t little. Twins run on both sides of her family.”

The “crazy” Wednesday was unexpected and did not follow the plans that were in place. The two sisters were not expecting at the same time.  Nadia’s due date was on March 19. Nicole was expecting twins, and they were going to take them on March 15.

“Nadia went to UPMC Seneca on Tuesday night, and they kept her and were going to induce her on Wednesday,” said Kundick, a salesman at Redbank Chevrolet in New Bethlehem.

“I had off on Wednesday and went up there, and while I was there, I got a call saying they had taken my other daughter to DuBois, and she had some high blood pressure and other things, and they were going to keep her there overnight and do some tests. A little later they said they would have to do an emergency C-section on her.”

Some complications forced the deliveries earlier than expected.

The twins had some pretty serious breathing issues, which caused both of them to be placed on ventilators in the NIC unit at DuBois. Ben Jr, also an ordained minister, put the call out to some of his pastor friends, as well as friends and family members, for some major prayers to be lifted up for the twins.  He believes the prayers were answered because a day and a half later both were removed from not only the ventilators but all oxygen support as well.

Ben Jr. was still at DuBois and welcomed the birth of a grandson, Sully Paul, born first at 5:07 p.m., weighing 7.2 lbs. One minute later a twin sister, Saige Noel, who weighed 6.3 lbs.

The night of births had one more chapter with birth at UPMC-Seneca.

Great-Grandfather Ben Kundick Sr. was at UPMC for the birth of his 22nd great-grandchild, Lillian Rose Mangiantini, 8.3 lbs, 21 inches long.  Lillian’s arrival increased Ben Jr.’s number of grandchildren to an even dozen.

It was the first child for Nadia, but the twins will be greeted at home by three proud brothers: Micah, Rowan, and Nolan.

The Kundick clan is competitive, and the birth of babies was no exception.

When Nicole was admitted on Tuesday night, and Ben Jr. received word that Nadia was also being admitted to DuBois.  The race was on.

“The change prompted Nadia’s husband Gary to send a text saying, “‘Ha-ha, we win,’ except a short time later, the doctors in Dubois determined that Nicole needed to have her c-section pronto, which caused Nicole’s husband Toby to respond back, ‘Too bad, it looks like we win!’” said Ben Jr.

“In the end, it looks like everyone won with the birth of three beautiful babies. Nadia and Nicole, as well as all three babies, are doing well, and all should be going home soon.”

(Pictured below: Ben Kundick Sr. with 22nd great-grandchild, Lillian Rose Mangiantini.)


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