Couple relieved with ‘Christmas miracle’

Sammi Barwick and Stuart Willie with their new son, Bobby Thomas who was born on Christmas Day weighing 7lb 3oz.
Sammi Barwick and Stuart Willie with their new son, Bobby Thomas who was born on Christmas Day weighing 7lb 3oz.

A delighted couple’s first baby was also the first to be born on Christmas Day in the district.

Baby Bobby Thomas was born at 1.12am on Christmas Day at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Parents Stuart Willie and Sammie Barwick were not only delighted but relieved to welcome Bobby, their ‘Christmas miracle’ after difficulties with Sammie’s pregnancy.

Dad Stuart Willie, of Borwick Court, Morecambe, said: “When Sammie was four weeks pregnant we went for an early scan because she had had a miscarriage before.

“Another scan at six weeks revealed the sac but nothing growing inside.

“The doctors thought the sac was growing into the wall of the uterus, a condition called cornual pregnancy (a rare type of ectopic pregnancy), which can be life threatening.

“He was lucky to be alive.

“The whole pregnancy was quite stressful. Eight to ten weeks before the birth she started with contractions. It was hard to watch.

“He was due on December 19 so he was a little bit late. I think he was holding on for that day.

“We went into hospital on Christmas Eve and he was born at 1.12am on Christmas Day.”

It’s the first child for Stuart, who works at Countrystyle Meats on the Lancaster Industrial Estate near GB Antiques.

Bobby was born weighing 7lb 3oz and now weighs 8lb 13oz.

Stuart, 33, said: “We are chuffed to bits!”

Sammie, 36, said: “With all the complications I just feel very relieved that he’s here. My younger daughter Caitlin, 12, is really involved with him and Stuart does more than his bit.

“He is really good. I don’t think we’ll have any more now, it’s very nice to get a boy with having two girls.

“He’s our very own Christmas miracle!”