Once in a blue moon — or solar eclipse, as it were — a baby is born with a “caul,” or a portion of the amniotic membrane still covering their head and face. Occurring in only one out of every 80,000 births, many cultures believe this harmless phenomenon to be a lucky omen, and consider the child destined for greatness.

If that’s the case, then we should expect especially great things from six-pound Ali Gonzalez, born with a caul at 10:09 a.m. Monday at HCA Healthcare’s West Valley Medical Center — exactly one minute before the solar eclipse began in Caldwell, Idaho.

“She is very special,” agreed mother Elena Garcia of the newest member of her family – her fourth child and third daughter.

The city of Caldwell was just a few miles south of totality, viewing approximately 99.8 percent of the eclipse.

To commemorate the auspicious event, the West Valley Volunteer Auxiliary presented Ali and her parents — Garcia and Zechiel Gonzalez of Caldwell — with a certificate and gift basket, including eclipse viewing glasses, a handmade blanket, and other moon- and star-themed baby goods. The Auxiliary had already planned to give a gift to the baby born closest to the eclipse Monday; the rare circumstances around Ali’s birth only added to the excitement.

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Hear more from the new parents about their lucky little lady on the local ABC affiliate here.

West Valley Medical Center is an affiliate of HCA’s Mountain Division, a healthcare system of hospitals, clinics and outpatient centers in Idaho, Utah and Alaska. 

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