Survivor Winner Earl Cole and Wife Shelley Welcome Daughter Kaia JoAnn

There’s a new further to the Survivor family!

Earl Cole, who won Survivor: Fiji in 2007, has turn a father for a initial time. His wife, Shelley Lee, gave birth to daughter Kaia JoAnn Cole on Friday, Nov. 10, during UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.

Kaia weighed in during 8 lbs., 14 oz., and was 20.5 inches long.

Cole tells PEOPLE that a name has a special significance.

Kaia means ‘ocean’ in Hawaiian,” Cole says. “My wife, Shelley, was innate in Honolulu, Hawaii, and we got married on a island of Kauai 7 years ago. Her middle name, JoAnn, is a initial name of my mom who upheld divided this year from early Alzheimer’s — a day before we found out we were pregnant.” 

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Cole was unequivocally tighten to his mother, who died on Mar 2 during a age of 73. He even commemorated her in a documentary film, LADY J: The JoAnn Kendall Story.

To emanate a film, he worked with Emmy Award-winning editor Michael Griffin. “It unequivocally papers what Alzheimer’s does to people and their families,” he told PEOPLE. 

Despite his mother’s death, Cole says that he believes she lives on. “We feel that my mother’s suggestion — she was a healer and a favourite — helped make it all happen,” he says. “Kaia is her initial and usually grand-daughter who she always wanted, though never got a possibility to meet!”

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And Cole says that he and Shelley are anxious during their “miracle baby,” who is in ideal health. “It took us 7 years to get to this point,” he says. “We are super vehement for baby No. 1!”