While Americans observed a moment of silence last Wednesday to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Bristol residents Louis Stravato and Meaghan Carotenuti welcomed the joyful cries of their new baby boy, Louis Stravato.
His delivery at 9:32 a.m. on Sept. 11, was anything but ironic. The couple, both 12-year veterans of Bristol Rescue (Ms. Carotenuti) and Warren Fire Department (Mr. Stravato), scheduled the birth of their son to coincide with the World Trade Center attacks.
“It’s always a sad day, and I wanted to make it a happy day,” said Ms. Carotenuti. “It’s a sad day for everyone on the fire department, police department and throughout the country. A lot of life was lost on that day.”
The couple learned that Ms. Carotenuti was pregnant shortly after Christmas, which shocked them both. Doctors had told Ms. Carotenuti that she’d never conceive on her own again, following four years of infertility treatment she needed to get pregnant with her twins, now 4. Louis is their “miracle baby.”
Her initial due date was Sept. 18, 2013. Since she delivered her twins via cesarean, she had the option to deliver Louis the same way. The couple didn’t hesitate to make their baby’s birthday the same as the day the twin towers fell.
“We were just trying to make it more of a memorable day having little Louis, more of a happy day,” Mr. Stravato said. “We still recognize those who lost their lives that day. We just wanted to give it a new, happy meaning.”
The healthy boy weighed in at 7.3 pounds.