One Valley woman got an amazing gift for her 100th birthday: A great-great-grandson.
Weston Alexander Heiser was born on Monday, June 6. That's exactly 100 years to the day since Dorothy Martell was born.
Martell went to the hospital Tuesday to meet him, and though the meeting was a slightly belated present, it was worth the wait.
Alyssa Heiser, Weston's mother and Dorothy's great-granddaughter, said Weston was a ray of sunshine for Dorothy after a difficult time.
"She lost her fourth son and she had two other deaths in her family at her age, obviously," Alyssa said. "So she was so happy to meet this little guy and celebrate life."
Alyssa said Dorothy has touched so many lives in her century of life.
"She is one of the most inspirational people in my life. There's something so special about her that everyone who meets her can feel. She's so full of joy and life and has such a strong faith," Alyssa said. "She's just the most wonderful lady that I've ever met."
As soon as Alyssa found out she was pregnant with her first child, she was hoping and praying that the birth would coincide with her great grandmother's.
The doctors and nurses at the Banner Del E. Webb Hospital were also well aware of what was going on -- Alyssa is a labor/delivery nurse at the hospital.
"Everyone at the hospital knew we were hoping to have him on her birthday because it would be so cool," Alyssa said. "It's neat for me now to be able to relate to my patients and the love they have for their children."
Alyssa's natural labor started on her due date Saturday, and it was a long one -- she had to leave Dorothy's birthday party earlier than expected because she was in early labor. Though Alyssa opted for a natural birth, Weston breached, so she had to have a cesarean section.
Thursday also marks an anniversary for Alyssa and Alex, her husband of 5 1/2 years. Alyssa was released from Del E. Webb June 9, 2015 after a fertility procedure that left her with a scar on her belly.
One year later, she has two matching scars, as Alex pointed out, and they are leaving with a baby boy and the story of a lifetime.
"I tear up every time I think about it," Alyssa said. "Just the fact that God gave us this gift unlike any other gift we could receive in life."