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Nancy MacPhee
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Christmas baby ends up being delivered by nurses at PCH

SUMMERSIDE — Lukàcs Samuel Szàbo Hirtle’s arrival was quick, almost too quick.

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His mother, Bethany Halupa, barely made it to Prince County Hospital before her eight-pound-six-ounce baby boy made his debut.

In fact, her second son came so fast that maternity floor nurses couldn’t wait for the doctor to arrive and had to deliver the Island’s Christmas baby.

The 19-and-a-half-inch long, healthy baby boy arrived at 10:49 a.m. on Christmas Day, only 10 minutes after Halupa arrived at the Summerside hospital.

She started having contractions through the night, sometime around 2 a.m., but since they were irregular — and had been with her first son, four-year-old Andràs, she thought there was no hurry to go to the hospital.

“My doctor had told me because my labour for my (first) son was short, too, once the contractions are regular come up to the hospital right away,” said Halupa. “They just weren’t regular.”

That was until shortly after 10 a.m. Christmas Day. Halupa was standing in the kitchen in her Summerside home and knew her second son was coming — and fast.

“I was like we have to leave right now, he’s definitely on his way,” said Halupa. “I called my sister at about 10:20. She arrived at the house at about 10:30 and left for the hospital, got here about 10:35, got up to the room and he was born by 10:49.”

She admitted she “was worried about having him standing in the kitchen or sitting in the car on the way to the hospital.”

Her obstetrician, Dr. Hani Farag, was on vacation and Dr. Henry Swart was the on-call doctor scheduled to deliver her son, who was due on Dec. 21.

Since everything happened so quickly, there was no time for the doctor to get to the hospital and no time to get anything to deal with the pain.

The job was left up to three maternity floor nurses.       

Lukàcs, spelled the Hungarian way, which is Halupa’s ancestry, is the sixth grandson for the Halupa family in three years.

“He was perfect,” Halupa said of her reaction when she first laid eyes on the infant.

Mother and son are expected to go home on Thursday to join dad, Joshua, and big brother, Andràs.

Halupa introduced her two boys to each other shortly after Lukàcs’ arrival.

“He likes him unless he’s crying, then he thinks he’s noisy.”






Organizations: Prince County Hospital, Summerside hospital

Geographic location: Summerside

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