On This Leap Day, Montgomery County Woman Discovers Truth About Her Birth Date

By Mark Abrams

ORELAND, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County woman who was born in the Philippines learned from her family on this Leap Day that her actual birthday is February 29th.

Myrna Montgomery of Oreland in Montgomery County says she always had this feeling that February 28th wasn’t her birthday.

Call it more than intuition.

So, finally Myrna says as this Leap Day approached, she wanted to know the truth from her ailing mother who still lives in the Philippines.

Myrna says she decided to send a text to her brother, Edgar, who is caring for her 85-year-old mother and asked him to ask her for the truth.

“He texted me back. He said ‘Myrna, your real birthday is actually on the 29th.’”

Myrna says upon seeing the news, she began shaking and crying with joy, but still wanted to know why and her brother followed up with the explanation.

“She decided to put on your birth certificate February 28th because she wanted you to celebrate your birthday every year.”

Myrna says even though she is observing her 54th birthday, she’s thrilled to say on her actual Leap Day birthday, she’s only 13.

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  • MathMan

    Uh, can someone explain the math in this segment? 54 does not divide by 4 evenly…if she was born on leap day, she is either 52 (which would make her ’13’) or 56 (which would make her ’14’). Fact Check, please?

  • Nina Hanson

    Imagine not knowing your actual birthday until you are 56! It’s little things like this that change your entire perspective – like finding out you’re adopted. It’s not until you experience something like this that you realize it’s impact. Fascinating.

  • Dan

    What’s the big deal? I thik this news isn’t that unusual. Thousands of babies are born on the 29th and of course celebrates the 28th as their birthday. Sorry, but it’s a lame story. Not even newsworthy.

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