Dede Dovey and her husband, Wilfrid Boko, were expecting a Christmas miracle. Instead, they got a New Year’s Day miracle.
At 2:04 a.m. Tuesday — nine days after her original due date — Dovey, 33, gave birth to a healthy, 8-pound baby boy named David Edem Boko at Women & Babies Hospital in East Hempfield Township.
David was the third baby born at Lancaster County’s three birthing centers in 2019. Twins were born at 12:54 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Tuesday at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz Women’s Place; however, the family preferred to remain private.
“It’s a miracle from God,” Boko, 34, said.
David is the Manheim Township couple’s fourth January baby. But he wasn’t supposed to be, according to the doctors, Boko said.
Dovey’s due date was Dec. 23. When the baby didn’t come, Dovey, who only speaks French and spoke to a reporter through her husband, said she didn’t fret.
“The baby will come when God wants,” she thought.
Boko and Dovey — who are originally from the city of Lome, Togo, in West Africa — have been together for 14 years, 11 of them as a married couple. Three days after the wedding, Boko emigrated from Africa to the United States.
The couple was separated for eight years before Dovey was able to reunite with her husband here.
That time, Boko said, was “very difficult.”
Boko now works as a nursing assistant at Moravian Manor in Lititz. He and his wife also have an 11-year-old boy and 9-year-old and 11-month girls.
What Boko is looking forward to most in 2019 is what you might expect: supporting his family, he said.