Two babies herald the New Year

By KELLI DOWNEYkelli@gladstoneobserver.com.au

OVERDUE but still unexpected, Kiesha Maree Flynn is one of Gladstone's two New Year's babies.

Weighing in at just under 3.5 kilograms the tiny bundle of joy was welcomed into the world at 5.29pm last Saturday.

Due last Thursday, Kiesha was delivered by caesarian at the Gladstone Hospital, an arrival not expected, according to proud parents Lea and Brett Flynn of Tannum Sands.

The couple had to forego a New Year's barbecue planned with friends after Ms Flynn suffered a massive nose bleed.

Instead Ms Flynn was transported to the hospital's outpatients department, and it was at this point the scenario went haywire.

Unable to stop the bleeding, the hospital had blood platelets brought in from Brisbane and Rockhampton to be administered to Ms Flynn before she underwent a caesarian.

"It wasn't a very nice experience,'' Ms Flynn said. "But she is definitely the best New Year's present ever.''

A Gladstone Mater Misercordiae Hospital spokesperson said it had not yet had any new year babies. The spokesperson said midwives had delivered two babies last Friday, the final day of 2004.

"Our last baby born for 2004 was born about 5pm,'' the spokesperson said.



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