Birth­day cel­e­bra­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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 com­mu­ni­ 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.

Pic­tures: Gio­vanni Torre

Zay­den Hur­ley and Mar­jorie Bospel­man.

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