Indiana Newborn, Great-Grandfather Share Rare Leap Day Birthdays: One in 2 Million Chance


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Crown Point, IN – In a remarkable stroke of fate, a newborn in Indiana shares a Leap Day birthday with her late great-grandfather, a coincidence with the astonishing odds of about one in 2 million. 

Carly Dobin of DeMotte, Indiana, gave birth to her daughter, Molly, just after the stroke of midnight on February 29 at Franciscan Health Crown Point, the same unique date her late great-grandfather was born on. He, a fellow “leapling,” would have turned 96 years old.

Leap Day, the 29th of February, only occurs once every four years, adding a day to the calendar to keep it aligned with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. Those born on this day are part of an exclusive group, with the chances of being born on Leap Day at about one in 1,461. However, the probability of a newborn sharing this special day with a direct family member soars to an extraordinary one in 2 million, highlighting the unique bond between Molly and her great-grandfather.

To celebrate these rare occurrences, Franciscan Health Family Birth Centers adorned the Leap Day babies with onesies and matching knitted frog hats, marking their entry into a very select group of people worldwide. This gesture adds a layer of joy to the Dobin family’s celebration, underlining the serendipity of Molly’s birth date.

The Family Birth Centers at Franciscan Health, located in Crown Point, Dyer, Michigan City, and Olympia Fields, are dedicated to recognizing the individuality of every birth. 

More information on their obstetric services can be found by visiting the Franciscan Health website, where stories of remarkable births like Molly’s are celebrated.


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