Christmas surprise for Arbroath family

Little new born Danaka Clark came into the world at 6am on December 26, (Boxing day) weighing in at 8il 20zs delivered by her mother in their home at Great Michael Road while her partner was phoning the hospital to say she had gone into labour when he returned the baby was born. They then went to the Queen Mother wing at Arbroath Infirmary to check that everything was alright. Then at 1pm they were all alowed to go home. Pictured are, from left - Warran Clark, mum Patricia Fitzpatrick, baby Danaka, granny Maureen Farquhar and Kenzie Clark.

Little new born Danaka Clark came into the world at 6am on December 26, (Boxing day) weighing in at 8il 20zs delivered by her mother in their home at Great Michael Road while her partner was phoning the hospital to say she had gone into labour when he returned the baby was born. They then went to the Queen Mother wing at Arbroath Infirmary to check that everything was alright. Then at 1pm they were all alowed to go home. Pictured are, from left - Warran Clark, mum Patricia Fitzpatrick, baby Danaka, granny Maureen Farquhar and Kenzie Clark.

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AN ARBROATH couple had a late Christmas present this year when their baby arrived without warning and in an unusual fashion.

Patricia Fitzpatrick and her partner Warran Clark were expecting their third child on Christmas Eve, but on Boxing Day little Danaka Clark made a surprise appearance and was born in the bathroom of their family home.

Patricia told the Arbroath Herald: “I woke up at 2.45 and my waters had broken. I fell back asleep and woke up again at 5 a.m. and things sort of went a bit hairy from there.

“My partner went across to the ‘phone box to speak to the midwife and by the time he came back I had gone into the bathroom and she was born.

“I just can’t describe it. Everything goes pretty well and then things start getting hairy and everything moved at 100 miles an hour.

“She was a wee bit sore, it was more scary than anything else.

“More a panic after she was born, checking she was breathing and the cord wasn’t in the way, but she started crying pretty much immediately.”

And apparently this is not the first time the bathroom in their Great Michael Street home has been used as a delivery room.

Patricia explained: “I’m known for quick births. My little boy, Kenzie, is three and my partner delivered him in the bathroom and the ambulance arrived 10 minutes later.”

After Danaka was born the family went to Arbroath Infirmary for the routine six-hour observation and check up, where she was given a clean bill of health and her delivery weight recorded as a healthy 8lbs 2ozs.

Patricia said she wanted to extend her thanks to the staff at Arbroath Infirmary who have made her short stay with them very easy.