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stmarysmidwifeTwo ‘bundles of joy’ arrived at St Mary’s Hospital in time for Christmas 2013.

First to arrive at 06:52 in the morning on Christmas Day was a daughter, Willow Gaskin, for Katie Gaskin of Ryde and Clinton Barrans. The baby weighed in at 8lb 10ozs (3.92kg).

At the 11th hour, the second and last to arrive at 22:55 was a baby boy delivered to Marcella and Martin Lakomska of Sandown. Their son, unnamed at the time they left hospital, weighed in at 7lb (3.18kg).

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Karen Baker, Chief Executive of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, the main provider of ambulance, community, hospital and mental health services on the Island, said:

“Congratulations to both sets of parents on their new arrivals.   From my own time as a nurse and midwife I know that Christmas is a special time in the Maternity Unit and across all our health services.   I am grateful to all our staff who agreed to work across the Christmas period.”

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