Melinda Katz Welcomes Second Child
By Brian M. Rafferty
|Hunter Charles Katz was born Feb. 24.
Former Councilwoman Melinda Katz recently welcomed a second child into her life. Hunter Charles Katz was born nearly three months premature at Weill Cornell Medical Center on Feb. 24. The good news was tempered by the loss of Hunter’s twin.
“Most of my friends knew that I was pregnant with twins,” Katz said in a phone interview Tuesday. “It was a difficult pregnancy for a bunch of reasons. But in the end I gave birth to one beautiful little baby boy. The other one unfortunately did not survive.”
Hunter’s middle name is from Katz’s Zadie (grandfather) from Hungary. “I wanted to pay tribute to him.” Her first son, Carter David, is named for her father’s Jewish name.
As for Hunter, you can attribute the name to ex-football player Fred Dryer for acting in one of Katz’s favorite TV shows – “Hunter,” which ran from 1984 to 1991.
Young Hunter was born at 3 lbs 3 oz, and as of Tuesday morning was up to 3 lbs, 14 oz., and expected to come home from the hospital in the next few days.
“Thank God, he’s doing well so far,” Katz said. “I’m looking forward to bringing him home.”
Hunter will join his brother Carter, who turns 3 on May 3. Like his brother, Hunter was conceived in vitro, and is a biological match for his brother; they share the same father donor, whose identity Katz has chosen to keep private.
“I wanted Carter to have a sibling, and now he’s going to grow up with a true biological brother,” Katz said. “They do look alike, but I assume they will be very different kids.”
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