KING Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) celebrated its 100th birthday earlier this month with a visit from a 97-year-old ‘King Eddies’ baby’ to the hospital’s latest addition.
Marjorie Bospelman, born at KEMH in 1919, met Zayden Hurley, who was born at 12.45am last Friday morning.
Ms Bospelman said she was born two months premature but survived thanks to the then-new hospital.
“My mother lost seven babies before me; King Edward wasn’t around then but when I came along, it was,” she said.
“They stuck me in the humidicrib… that saved my life. Thank God for King Edward’s.”
Ms Bospelman had a brother and sister 18 and 15 years older than her.
“(My mother) lost all these babies in between,” she said. “They were ecstatic when I came along.”
Zayden’s mother Zowie Hurley told communitynews.com.au the new arrival had an older brother, Caleb, aged two years and four months.
Health Minister John Day was on hand for the occasion, and some hospital staff wore historic KEMH uniforms. A new book, King Eddie’s - A History of Western Australia’s Premier Women’s Hospital 1916-2016, by Jennie and Bevan Carter, is now on sale.
Zayden Hurley and Marjorie Bospelman.