An electrical failure nearly delayed the arrival of Kimberley and Karlo Dunatov’s third child - but with the power finally up it was all on for the arrival of baby Bart
Mum Kimberly shares her fears about her third c-section
Kimberley, Karlo and baby Bart
“Bart is our third child, but even after having c-sections with my other two sons, I still found it really nerve-racking. I have Crohn’s disease so all of my kids had to be delivered by c-section. Before each one I found it hard to sleep the night before, and this one was no different. Every half hour, I would wake up and think ‘What if something goes wrong?’, ‘What if I go into labour instead?’. With my last c-section, my son, Dary, got stuck up near my ribs and they ended up pulling him out with forceps. A nurse had to jump up and down on my chest to push him out and two of my ribs were cracked. It took eight weeks to heal and made breastfeeding painful. The memories of that were still fresh in my mind. The morning of the operation I got up at 5am to have my last drink of water. I was scheduled for 7.30am and you can’t eat or drink anything for a while before that. I don’t do well with not eating so everyone instinctively knew not to eat around me. I get rather hangry! I said goodbye to my older son, Xarnder, but Dary was still asleep. We left home just before 6am. When we got to the hospital it was pitch black. All the lights were out, no lifts were working; there was just the odd security light on. We were told they had been doing
a generator test and the power failed to reboot so everything was out except for the emergency generators, which only cover the emergency areas. They said we might not be able to have the c-section that day unless everything kicked back in. There were people stuck in lifts, everything had just stopped. That set the nerves off completely. At midday, they said they would have one more try of the generators at 1pm and if it didn’t come on we would be sent home. At 12.50pm, my husband and I said nothing for the next 10 minutes. We literally sat and watched the clock tick over. Just after 1pm, the power came back on. I let out a huge sigh of relief but then I realised I was about to go into the operating room and the nerves set in again. They administered the epidural and I was wheeled into theatre. The hardest thing about the whole experience was that nervous wait for baby, because you can’t see anything over the curtain. When I heard that first cry, a big smile broke out across my face. It was such a relief to know that he was okay. Forty-five minutes later, our two older boys arrived with their Grandma. Xarnder was overjoyed to meet his new little brother. Dary was a wee bit more reserved, but it was lovely to see them both welcome Bart with so much love.
‘When I heard that first cry, a big smile broke out across my face’
Kimberley and Karlo share a moment after the arrival of third son, Bart.
Little Bart arrives and captures everyone’s hearts straight away.