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Two evacuees from coastal areas welcome their hurricane babies here in East Texas

One was in the emergency room when the evacuation order was given, andhe other is in the delivery room today - and both are aware that East Texas will be the new birthplace of their children, after fleeing Hurricane Ike last week.

KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has the stories of two evacuees welcoming new lives.

"I was having contractions, and they told me to get on the bus now."

Pregenant with twins, a boy and a girl, Tanisha Nkrumah and her 4 year old daughter Sequioa fled from the emergency room in Cleveland, Texas and came to a Longview shelter.

"I have about two and a half weeks...which I don't think I'm going to make it," Tanisha laughed. "Yeah...it's scary. It's real scary, just the point of me having them and having to come back to a shelter. That's the last thing I want to do is bring my babies to a shelter."

Tanisha's pregancy hasn't been easy. Early on, doctors detected fluid on her unborn son's brain, and even worse, heart and kidney problems.

"They told me to terminate him because he wasn't going to make it. We prayed, you know; I went back and had a ultra sound and he's fine, there's nothing wrong with him."

For Tanisha, the prayers of her daughter got her through.

"She's always praying for me. She'll put her hands on me and pray for me. I love my daughter and I love these two already because they're both fighters."

Tanisha showed us her ultrasound pictures. "These are her eyes..this is her nose. When I saw this I just started crying. These are my babies."

For big sister Sequoia, protecting her mother and siblings means the world.

"I pray for my granny and my Mommy and the two twins," Sequoia told us.

Because Tanisha fled Cleveland so fast, she didn't have any clothes for new twins but thanks to a generous volunteer, the twins have new outfits.

While Tanisha is awaits the arrival of her twins, Skye Manning, an Orange, Texas evacuee, lies in labor and delivery, hoping her son will come soon.

"I've already been given my epidural. My waters popped so it's just really whenever he decides to come on up out of there," said Manning.  

And while Skye knows the name for her new son will be Darius, others from her shelter already have another named picked out for him.

"They've already nick named him Ike," Skye laughed. "So everybody already nicknamed him!"

Skye says she'll stick with the name Darius and should be giving birth within the next couple of hours. Fortunately, her shelter, Alpine Church, had a baby shower for her last night.

Tanisha is still in need of baby clothes. If you'd like to help, you can contact the Paula Martin Recreation Center in Longview.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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