Fam­ily wel­comes Isa on Christ­mas Day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A PETER­BOR­OUGH fam­ily have spo­ken of their joy af­ter their son be­came the first to be born in the city on Christ­mas Day.

Sa­dat Karaoglan (30) and his wife Melek (29), from Hamp­ton Vale, wel­comed their sec­ond child into the world, weigh­ing a lit­tle un­der 9lb, at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal shortly be­fore 1am on Sun­day.

The Turk­ish-born cou­ple, who have lived in Peter­bor­ough for eight years, named the bounc­ing baby boy Isa, which means Je­sus in their na­tive coun­try.

The fam­ily had been ex­pect­ing Isa to ar­rive on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 19 but Mrs Karaoglan did not go into labour un­til 10pm on Christ­mas Eve.

Mrs Karaoglan said: “It was very ex­cit­ing. When I gave birth, all the mid­wives and the doc­tors were re­ally ex­cited. They gave him a teddy bear and presents and sang for us as well.”

Mr Karaoglan said dur­ing the de­liv­ery he for­got that Christ­mas Day was ap­proach­ing as con­cern for his wife and his un­born child were at the fore­front of his mind.

How­ever, that was un­til staff be­gan their cel­e­bra­tions fol­low­ing Isa’s ar­rival.

He said: “I was next to my wife and sud­denly ev­ery­body was singing for Christ­mas and bring­ing us presents.

“Ev­ery­one was com­ing around. You can’t ex­plain the feel­ing. It was very nice.”

The cou­ple are not Chris­tian but they do cel­e­brate Christ­mas for their five-year-old son De­nis’ sake.

Fol­low­ing Isa’s birth, chief among Mrs Karaoglan’s con­cerns was to re­turn home to be with De­nis on Christ­mas morn­ing.

Hos­pi­tal staff helped make her Christ­mas wish come true and she was home again by 6am, ready for when De­nis woke at 8am.

She said: “I told them I wanted to be with De­nis on Christ­mas morn- ing. They were rush­ing so that I got home.

“He came straight to the baby. He looked at him and was re­ally pleased.”

The cou­ple feel that hav­ing a child born on Christ­mas Day only adds to the bless­ing.

Mr Karaoglan said: “It makes it so spe­cial.”

Mrs Karaoglan said: “It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.

“He’s spe­cial to us any­way, but with this birth­day he’s even more spe­cial to us.”

joy: Melek Karaoglan with her son De­nis and new­born baby Isa. (METP-29-12-11RH18) Pic­ture: ROW­LAND HOB­SON.

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