Healthy bouncing storm baby
WHILE MANY BARBADIANS were feeling the effects of Storm Tomas on Saturday, 28-year-old Ronette Maynard of Surge Pond, Indian Ground, St Peter, was busy giving birth to a baby boy.
Maynard, whose water broke at home “around 3:30 a.m.”, arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) around 4:30 a.m. where her eight-pound, three-ounce baby was born five hours later.
The mother of two, who was hesitant to talk to the DAILY NATION, stated that although her baby was born during the storm that wreaked havoc across the island, “there is nothing for me to shout about because on my way to the hospital, it was just raining heavily, but I’m happy to have my baby”.
Her family wanted her to name the baby after the storm, but though she has not yet selected a name, Maynard stressed that “he will definitely not name Tomas”.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Northern District Emergency Office, Dave Hurley, disclosed that Maynard’s family had called the office seeking assistance to get to the QEH but, because of the weather, they were unable to lend a helping hand.
“During a hurricane we don’t send out personnel like that . . . but they took the initiative to go to the hospital. We had people watching to see that they got there safely, and they were in constant contact with us,” he said. (AH)