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The thing is, Mrs. Asgedom was pregnant -- and six days past her due date. Still, she listened in awe to Obama's speech, even as her husband timed her contractions every three or four minutes. When the pain got to be too much, the couple walked to Prentice Women's Hospital, about a mile away, still timing those contractions. Mrs. Asgedom was dilated to five centimeters when she arrived at the hospital and at 5am she gave birth to a boy, Sawyer Tewolde Asgedom.
Like the man whose speech he interrupted, Sawyer is the son of an East African and a Midwestern woman; his father was born in Ethiopia and his mother is from Illinois. Mr. Asgedom noted that after Tuesday night, he knows Sawyer "can do and be anything" in America. What a wonderful, amazing thing to be able to say. Congratulations to the whole family!