New Year’s morning saw the birth of two babies in Cayman’s hospitals.
Sian Alexi was the first baby born in Cayman in 2011, arriving by c-section at 1.30am at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, while Joel Angel was the first boy of the year – born at 9.16am at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
Dr. Sarath de Alwis performed an emergency caesarian section on Katie Euter to deliver baby Sian, who was born weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces.
Almost eight hours later, Myrna Powell also underwent an emergency c-section, performed by Dr. Gilbertha Alexander. Her baby, who was due on 27 December, came into the world weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
Sian’s father, Dwayne Euter, said it felt good to be the father of Cayman’s first baby of 2011, not because she was a new year baby, but because “she’s a princess”.
Ms Powell said she was delighted to be the mother of a new year baby. “I am excited to bring a new life for the new year. That’s the best gift I could ask for,” she said.
Both mothers have been discharged and have returned home, and the mums and babies are all doing well.
Initial baby supplies were taken care of by Lasco Cayman Distributors, which gave both mothers gifts of six months’ supply of baby formula and diapers.