February 15, 2018

New baby shares name with her nurse

A Kaiser Permanente patient in Oregon thanked her labor and delivery nurse in a very special way.

A patient at Kaiser Permanente’s Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Oregon recently honored her labor and delivery nurse in a unique way. She changed her newborn’s planned name from Anastasia to Kyleen, after nurse Kyleen Leineweber, who assisted with the birth.

At first, Ky (as she’s called) thought it was a joke, then she started crying when she saw the baby’s name on official hospital records.

“I’ve been a nurse for 13 years, and sometimes patients send me thank-you cards or letters, but this is the first time anyone’s named their baby after me,” she says.

Baby Kyleen’s mother, Ketty Cuza, met her favorite nurse a week before delivery and hoped that she would be on shift for the birth. When Ketty saw Ky enter her delivery room on the big day, the mother of (now) 6, burst into tears.

“My husband and I were relieved and grateful that Ky would be there to help us bring our baby into the world. Despite medical complications, Ky assured us that everything would be OK.”

“Ky is awesome, super sweet, helpful, supportive, calming, caring and compassionate” says Ketty. “I love her! I feel so blessed to have her as my nurse! We want to honor this amazing person by naming our baby after her.”