Or­lando res­i­dent

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Ruiz

Michelle Nunez will tackle the Bos­ton Marathon to­day, thanks to the the mo­ti­va­tion of her 3-year-old son.

On the day that Michelle Nunez gave birth to her fourth child in an el­e­va­tor, she went swim­ming.

Be­cause Nunez does not like to wait for any­thing, even la­bor, she thought ex­er­cis­ing in the pool would lessen the sever­ity of any con­trac­tions. She mis­judged the time and ar­rived at Win­ter Park Hospi­tal after a — shall we say in­tense? — 12-minute drive from her fam­ily’s home in Or­lando.

Nunez walked into the emer­gency room, fell on the floor and her wa­ter broke. She was placed on a gur­ney and headed to the de­liv­ery room when Ja­cob Nunez in­tro­duced him­self to the world.

“We weren’t even checked in,’’ Michelle said. “I said, ‘Can you give me some med­i­ca­tion or some­thing?’ They said, ‘I’m sorry, ma’am. We don’t even know your name.’ I’m like, ‘Fan­tas­tic.’ ’’

Born with Down syn­drome, 3-year-old Ja­cob is a spe­cial child with spe­cial needs. He is one of his mother’s big mo­ti­va­tions as she pre­pares to run the Bos­ton Marathon for the sec­ond time to­day.

NBC Sports Net­work will tele­vise the 122nd an­nual race, be­gin­ning at 8:30 a.m.

“When he hugs you, you feel

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