Sur­prise ar­rival for new year par­ents


A BABY born a month early on New Year’s Day was a Gi­ant sur­prise for his par­ents.

Char­lotte and Justin Hill were not ex­pect­ing their baby Elisha Ti­mothy Hill un­til Jan­uary 30.

But lit­tle Elisha, who is the couple’s first child, was born at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal at 3.50am on Jan­uary 1.

Char­lotte and Justin, of Ma­son’s Lane, Mac­cles­field, are prac­tic­ing Chris­tians with the Good News church at the Her­itage Cen­tre and gave Elisha a bi­b­li­cal name mean­ing: God is our sal­va­tion.

But it is also the name shared by Eli Man­ning, a quar­ter­back for the New York Gi­ants, Justin’s favourite Amer­i­can foot­ball team.

But Elisha is far from a gi­ant, weigh­ing a tid­dly 4lbs ex­actly, which means he is cur­rently be­ing cared for at the Spe­cial Care Baby Unit.

Char­lotte, 25, a chemist at As­traZeneca, said she and her hus­band, a 32-year-old adult sup­port worker, were sur­prised but de­lighted by their New Year’s Day gift.

She said: “We are thrilled at lit­tle Eli’s ar­rival and he’s get­ting great care at the hos­pi­tal.”

Eli’s mid­dle name, Ti­mothy, is a trib­ute to Justin’s younger brother who died of a chro­mo­so­mal dis­or­der when he was a baby.

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