Cynthia Wright looks at family photos with her granddaughter Brylyn Hamlin. (Sept. 10, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Sept. 11 has always been a special day for one Upstate girl, who was born on the tragic day in 2001.
Now 11 years later, the girl's birthday has a shared connection with her grandmother, one she never could have ever imagined.
Birthdays have always been special to Cynthia Wright.
"I always spend it with my family. We always get together," Wright said.
Sept. 10 was her special day.
"I always thought the 10th was the perfect number. I loved the 10th," she said.
Eleven years ago, on Sept. 10, she thought her daughter would deliver her granddaughter on her special day since contractions had started and she was admitted at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.
"We waited around and waited. The baby didn't come," Wright said.
Then tragedy struck the next day on 9/11. Wright said she sat with her daughter and watched the tragic events unfold in New York, in Washington and Pennsylvania. But something told her to start talking to her granddaughter who was still in her daughter's womb.
"I went over to her and I just took my hand and laid my hand on her stomach. I told the baby, 'It's OK, little girl. It's OK to come out," she said.
Minutes later, little Brylyn Hamlin was born a day after Grandma Cynthia, who's known as Ya-Ya to Brylyn.
Seven months later, Wright noticed her granddaughter had the same angel birthmark she has. Brylyn's is on her back, and Wright's is on her right chest area. A few years later, Wright's little angel delivered another blessing.
"She was 3. She came to me and said we have the same birthday," said Wright. "That's when she started talking and I said, 'No, my birthday is the day before yours.'"
For the next two years, Wright said her granddaughter would periodically tell her that they shared the same birthday, and believe it or not, she ended up being right. After Wright's mother died, family members found her birth certificate.
"Two years ago, my siblings gave me my birth certificate, and when I looked at it, it had the 11th as the date I was born," she said.
If you take a closer look at her birth certificate, the hospital wrote in a blue ink pen and her father wrote in black ink. The birth certificate clearly shows Wright was born at midnight and if you look closer, you can see where her father changed the 11th to the 10th. You can see one number is blue and the other is black and the "th" is blue.
"I was like, 'Oh my God, I was actually born on 9/11,'" she said.
So on Tuesday, both granddaughter and grandma celebrating their special day together.
"We have always had that special connection even before we knew," said Brylyn.
"I call her my birthday present," Wright said. "My family always tells me that's your twin from heaven. We all think God sent her down to get my birthday straight."
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