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Going strong at 50


Going strong at 50

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THOUSANDS OF BABIES have been born at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) over the years, but there is none like Rhonda Taylor.

The QEH was officially opened in November 1964, but Taylor came into the world on October 21, making her the first baby to be birthed there.

Now 50 years old, the special “baby” girl was a guest of honour at yesterday’s celebrations, where she was afforded the privilege of blowing out the candles and cutting the blue and white birthday cake.

“I’m just blessed and happy to be here to be a part of it,” Taylor said afterwards.

The Stadium Road, Bush Hall, St Michael woman said she had heard stories from her mother, but she never thought she would live to be a part of such a celebration.

Taylor had an accident several years ago, which has presented some physical challenges for her, but that did not steal her joy.

“It’s a lot of pain. Some days I just cry, but you can’t give up. Some days it’s really, really bad but I try to cope,” she said.

While he would never have the same pride of place as his mum for obvious reasons, Taylor was proud to give birth to a son in 1991 at the same institution. (YB)