by Lekan Olanrewaju
An English woman has given birth to a set of twins; an occurrence which wouldn’t be getting so much attention save for the tiny fact that each of them was born in a different country.
The mother, Donna Keenan, gave birth to Dylan Joseph at about 10 p.m on July 1 in the living room of her house in Wooler, England and was rushed by ambulance to Borders General Hospital in Melrose, Scotland, where Hannah Rose was born at about 11.39 p.m.
Keenan, 28, speaking on the delivery of the first baby at home said she and boyfriend Joe Fox had been home watching the Euro 2012 final. “I’d only been home for about an hour and a half and my water broke,” she said. “My contractions started coming rather quickly.”
“We had to ring a paramedic because we weren’t going to make it to the hospital.”
“It was quite scary because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” she continued. “The next thing I was on the floor and he was born at 10 o’clock.”
Paramedics however decided there was enough time to take the mother to the nearest hospital, which happened to be 40 miles away, across the border in Melrose.
“It felt like the longest journey ever,” she said. “The hospital is about an hour away from Wooler and they kept saying to me ‘don’t push!'”