For most of her life, Denise Simpson, 24, of Northeast Washington, has set goals that she was never able to meet: She had to drop out of school though she wanted to finish. Her hopes of becoming a model fizzled after one fashion show. And she could never interest anyone in her talents as a singer and sketch artist.
But on July 4, Simpson gained a measure quite coincidence. She gave birth toa baby girl at 6:33 a.m. at D.C. General - exactly one year to the hour after she had given birth to a baby boy in the same hospital.
On July 4, 1977, Simpson, who was assigned to Room 309 at D.C. General Hospital, gave birth to a son, Artie, at 6:08 a.m. The boy weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces.
This year's repeat performance involved a girl, Angelique. And Simpson was once again assigned Room 309. The new baby, who weighed only two pounds, 13 ounces, was born three months prematurely and is still at the hospital.
"The day before the baby was born, I just had a funny feeling that my baby would come early," said Simpson, who lives in the 1700 block of E Street SE. "A girlfriend next door said, "Suppose you have this baby on the same day that you had the last one." I told her it would never happened.
But at 5 a.m. on July 4, Simpson said she bagan having stomach pain and contractions that were four minutes apart - just as had happened with her first child.
"At the time I was going through the pains, nobody was really thinking about what day it was," she said. "I just wanted to hurry and get to the hospital because I realized my baby was going to be very premature."
"When they found out my second baby was born within the same hour at 6:33 a.m., they decided to play the number in the lottery."
Artie Simpson celebrated his first birthday with his godmother, Janice Simmons, while his mother was at the hospital. Simpson, who has worked in recent years as hotel cleaning woman and currently lives on public assistance said she would like to see her son become a boxer or football player. [WORDS ILLEGIBLE] - who recently separated from his husband - said her hopes are not very high. The baby was born with jaundice and has contracted pneumonia since birth.
"Most new mothers would be out buying pretty new dresses for their baby," said Simpson. "But I don't want to do that. I don't want to make a lot of preparations for my baby.
[WORD ILLEGIBLE] have my baby die. I don't think I could take it."