Parents ecstatic over leap year baby

2016-03-02 11:59
Urashna and Maneel Ramjeawan with their unnamed leap year day baby girl.

Urashna and Maneel Ramjeawan with their unnamed leap year day baby girl. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Leap year day on Monday saw proud parents at Pietermaritzburg’s Mediclinic Hospital ­welcome a tiny baby girl, one of a couple of babies born in the city that day.

Ecstatic parents welcomed their first child into the world, declaring she was “an extra special baby” as she was born on a leap year day.

Smiling widely as she cradled her day-old bundle of joy, Urashna Ramjeawan said her daughter had been a week early and came as a surprise to both her and her husband.

“We have not named her yet because we thought we still had another week,” laughed Urashna. “She was due at the end of this week but here she is and the fact that she was born on a leap-day year makes her extra-special.”

Maneel Ramjeawan said they had wanted the baby’s gender to be a surprise and were ­overjoyed to have had a little girl.

“I am ecstatic. It is unbelievable that she could be so perfect,” he said proudly.

“At first we had hoped she would not be born on February 29. We even thought of asking the doctor to postpone the labour. But it was her time, and she decided she was ready and coming now and that makes her special,” he said.

He said his daughter’s birthday would be ­celebrated on March 1 when it was not a leap year as she was born well into the day on ­Monday at 11.31 am.

Pietermaritzburg Mediclinic patient ­experience officer Nondumiso Mbhele said the hospital was thrilled to welcome the healthy baby Ramjeawan on Monday at 2,95 kg.

“We are happy to congratulate the parents on the birth of their beautiful daughter,” said Mbhele.


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