NINE families were given the best Christmas present ever – happy, healthy babies.
Staff at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s maternity ward had a busy Christmas Day, bringing nine new lives into the world.
The first was Louis John Moscardini-Baharie, who was born at 1.46am on Christmas morning, weighing 5lb 12oz.
He was a surprise for proud mum Daniella Moscardini-Baharie, 29, from Fulwell, who went into labour three weeks early.
“I was lying in bed watching Outnumbered on Christmas Eve and I felt a pop,” said the civil servant with the prison service.
“It all happened so quickly. I didn’t expect him to be born on Christmas Day, but I’ll probably have a party for him every year in June or July so that his birthday doesn’t get lost in Christmas.”
Amber Gevorkian, meanwhile, made a late entrance into the world weighing 7lb 2oz.
She was due on December 15, but decided to wait until Christmas Day to meet mum Rachel Hedley, 21, and dad Matthew Gevorkian, 24, from Concord.
Rachel, who is also mum to Scarlett, three, said: “I’d been having pains all night.
“We had our Christmas dinner and then the pain got more intense so we phoned up the hospital who told us to come in.
“In the end she had to be born by emergency C-Section because her heart rate had dropped.
“She was born at 10.18pm on Christmas night. It’s a day we’ll never forget.”
Rebecca Jane Hunter brought a smile to mum Catherine Hunter’s face when she arrived a week early, weighing 6lbs 11oz.
Catherine, from Havelock Park, who is married to James, said: “Rebecca is special in general because we have been trying for a baby for a long time.
“I just can’t stop looking at her.”