Three sisters give birth on same day in Irish hospital

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Three Irish sisters have all given birth on the same day, in the same hospital, while a fourth sister who is also pregnant, was days overdue.

The three cousins were all born at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, County Mayo, on Tuesday, 1 September.
The sisters, who all live close to each other in Cloonfad, County Roscommon, said the co-ordinating births were not planned.

Staff at the hospital said the three babies were healthy and thriving.

Mairead FitzPatrick was the first sister to give birth – to a boy named Thomas Óg – at 03:25 local time on Tuesday.
Her sister Joeline Godfrey had a baby girl named Sorcha at about 11:00, and the third sibling, Bernie Ward, gave birth to a boy called Phelim at about 20:30.

Their other sister, Christina Murray, is also a maternity patient at the same hospital.

She had been due to go into labour on Sunday, but went days overdue.

‘Never happened’

Ms Murray said she was a “little bit” disappointed that she had not given birth on the same day as her sisters, but was hoping to have her baby very soon.

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Ms FitzPatrick told Irish broadcaster RTÉ that although they were all expecting at around the same time, they did not think the births would happen within a 24-hour period.

“I was actually due on Friday, the 28th [of August] and Christina was due on the 30th,” she said.

She added that Joeline underwent a Caesarean section on Tuesday while their sister Bernie, who was due on Wednesday 2 September, gave birth a day early.

The maternity manager at the hospital, Mary Salmon, said staff were surprised by the family co-incidence.

“We’re all talking about it… the fact that we have four sisters in and it’s never happened, as far as we know anyway, going back some time,” she said.

Source: BBC News

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