Three mothers got surprise Christmas presents at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex yesterday when they delivered their sons days before they were due.
Jenise Guerra was the first to give birth at 1.04 am to a 7.1-pound boy. Guerra, who lives in Arima, said she was caught off guard by labour pains on Christmas eve as she was due to give birth to her fourth child on Saturday. She has two other sons and one daughter.
Although exhausted, Guerra and the other two mothers— Laura Plaza and Nancy Ragbir were all smiles when Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh visited, bringing gift baskets and best wishes.
Deyalsingh, who had visited the Port- of- Spain General Hospital earlier in the day, was on a bit of a campaign.
“I have been visiting newborns on Christmas Day for four years now and I have been begging the mothers to name a baby after me, Ms Guerra has given me hope today, she said she will consider giving her son the middle name Terrence,” a beaming Deyalsingh said.
Laura Plaza, who has two other sons, said she was due to give birth on Friday. Her son was born at 2.43 am at 6.9 pounds.
“I was a bit surprised when my labour started last night, I wasn’t expecting him for a few more days at least but I got my Christmas present right on time,” she said.
Proud father, Keron Plaza, said he has already picked out his third son’s name.
“His name is Kiaon, we’re sticking with the ‘K’s,” he said.
Nancy Ragbir, of Cunupia, was waiting for her son’s father to arrive as she said he had not been told that she had given birth and she wanted to surprise him as well.
“I came in close to the morning but we were not expecting him to be born today,
Her son, who she has named Adam, was born at 7.43am, weighing 6.3 pounds. She has one other child, a 12-year-old boy.
Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad