BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – Aberli and Hank Spear will most likely never forget the day their daughter was born on 2/22/22 at 2:22 a.m. EST, in Room No. 2.
According to Cone Health, a statewide hospital network, the remarkable palindromic date of birth occurred at the Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, North Carolina.
Cone Health announced that the Spears named their newborn daughter Judah Grace about 10 hours after she was born.
“Judah Grace Spear was born on 2/22/22 at 2:22 a.m. at Alamance Regional Medical Center – in labor and delivery room 2,” the hospital network continued.
“Mom Aberli is a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, and the necessary cancer treatments she went through made pregnancy unlikely.”
The Spears reportedly prayed that they’d be able to welcome a child, Cone Health’s announcement said.
“Judah Grace’s name fits her story perfectly. Judah means ‘praise’ – and she is a blessing for her family,” Cone Health wrote.
“We are so happy for this sweet family! Happy birthday, Judah Grace!”
The term palindrome is a portmanteau (combined word) formed by combining the Greek words “palin” and “dromos,” which mean “again” and “road,” respectively.
Linguists define a palindrome as a term or set of numbers that read the same forward and backward. When it comes to dates, a day is considered palindromic if it has repeated numbers that are written the same way in both normal and reverse order.
Feb. 22, 2022 – also written as 2/22/22 – is considered palindromic because of the order of the numbers don’t change in meaning even if you write it forward or backward.
Some believers in numerology consider palindromic dates a sign of good luck.
According to the National Weather Service, the next time a “2/22/22” will occur on a Tuesday won’t be until the year 2422 — four centuries from now.