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4 Christmas babies at San Fernando Hospital

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

WITHIN three minutes, two babies were born in the early hours of Christmas Day at San Fernando General Hospital.

Arianna Bhall and Nkosi Jeremiah Isaac Lucas were delivered at 2.49 a.m. and 2.52 a.m., respectively.

Stacy Norris gave birth to 2.8-kilogramme Arianna after what she described as "a long labour".

Norris, 28, of Couva, said she began experiencing labour pains around 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve and came to the hospital around 7.30 a.m. that day.

Following Arianna's birth, Norris said yesterday it was "the greatest feeling any mom could ask for".

Norris, who wanted the baby's sex to remain undisclosed until birth, said all she desired was a healthy child.

She picked the name Arianna for her daughter.

The homemaker is also the mother of four-year-old Anushka, who was expected to accompany family members later in the evening to see her sister for the first time.

The baby's father, Hamad Bhall, was not present during the interview but Norris said he was ecstatic over the newest addition to the family.

Nicole McFarlane-Lucas, 34, of Princes Town, delivered her son by emergency Caesarean section three minutes later after he started showing signs of distress in the womb.

Lucas said she was expecting her son to be born on January 15 but after his heart rate began dropping following a problem with the umbilical cord, he had to be delivered yesterday morning.

While McFarlane-Lucas was happy her son was in good health, she said she would have preferred he was born on another day to be able to celebrate Christmas and his birthday separately.

Nkosi is the financial analyst's second child.

His name, which means ruler, was chosen by his elder brother, 11-year-old Ngozi Lucas.

The children's father, Kevin Lucas, stood nearby as Lucas held the 2.34-kilogramme newborn in her arms.

Both mothers Norris and McFarlane-Lucas, who are expected to be discharged from hospital today, vowed they would not be having any more children.

Two more babies were born at the San Fernando Hospital yesterday morning.

Natalie Phillip gave birth to Nyla Hamilton around 7.45 and Anjanie Boxer delivered her baby boy, who is yet to be named, at around eight o'clock.

Congress of the People chairman and Member of Parliament for San Fernando West Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan was on hand to meet the new mothers.

She then toured other areas of the hospital and greeted patients.

Parang group Friends of the Hospital also moved through the wards bringing Christmas cheer.

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