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9 leap year babies at Sando hospital

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Proud mothers with their babies after giving birth on February 29 at the San Fernando General Hospital. From left, Jamila Johnson, Kerry Pooranlal, Rosetta Mohammed, Ayanna Joseph and Shelly Backarali. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL

Nine babies born at the San Fernando General Hospital yesterday will join the list of people who wait every four years to celebrate their birthday on the actual day of their birth.

This means that in 2020 when the babies—two girls and seven boys—are four years old they will celebrate their first official birthday on the actual day they were born, February 29.

Nurses confirmed that two babies were born via Caesarian section while the others were natural deliveries.

Six of the mothers who were interviewed had two things in common, none of them were expecting to have leap year babies and they all plan to have a grand celebration every four years to celebrate their baby’s real birthday. 

Of the nine babies, the two girls were the first to be born.

At around 2.52 am baby Feyise Kirton, weighing five pounds, was born to her mother Ayanna Joseph.

Her proud mummy said baby Feyise came four days early.

“I was not expecting her today. Not, at all.”

“We’ll be celebrating her birthday every for years. We will have a grand celebration,” she said.

Shelly Backarali, 20, said she was expecting her daughter Shelina on her birthday which was February 22. 

“She came after time,” smiled Backarali who has not yet decided if she will celebrate her baby’s birthday on March 1 or February 28. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Rosetta Mohammed gave birth to her second baby Christiano Kendell at 4.57 am. 

“No I was not expecting him today. They induced labour. I came in on Sunday morning.” So when will she celebrate her baby’s birthday? Mohammed said: “They say I can’t go backward. I have to go forward.”

Marabella resident, Sue Jagan, 27, has not yet named her baby. “He came six days early.” The baby, who weighed 2.82 kgs, is her third child. 

“I say I will celebrate his birthday in February come down, the whole of February,” she laughed, adding: “I have a daughter who is February 6.” 

Jamila Johnson’s baby was born at 6.15 am and weighed 2.73 kilogrammes. Just like the other’s Johnson was not expecting him yesterday. She did not want her son, Jamarli Rodriguez, to be born on February 29 “because, he will not get to celebrate his birthday every year.” 

Her first son, but second child, the 28-year-old Ste Madeleine mother said she would be celebrating his birthday on March 1. Kerry Pooranlal, 28, said she and her husband, Basdeo, have not decided on a name yet. 

“The sex of the baby was a surprise. We did not know what we were having,” she said. 

Most likely she will also be celebrating his birthday on March 1. Basdeo said he was very excited about the birth of his first baby. “I guess we will celebrate his birthday on February 28 and March 1 and every four years on February 29 we will have a grand celebration,” he added.


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