One came earlier than expected, the other late, but both
provided their parents with a special Christmas surprise.
Baby Pekham and baby Moore (both are yet to be named) were
born within minutes of each other at Dunedin Hospital's Queen
Mary ward yesterday morning, along with two other babies.
The first baby was born at 9.40am, baby Pekham at 11.40am,
baby Moore at 11.58, and what was expected to be the last
born yesterday at 2.15pm.
All four were boys.
For Emere Leitch-Munro, of Dunedin, and Chris Peckham, of the
United Kingdom, it was their first baby and he arrived a week
''Just in time for me to have some cold Christmas ham,'' Ms
Baby Moore was the third child for Sarah and Jason, of
Roxburgh, and a special Christmas present for older brother
Jude (4) and sister Willa (20 months).
''He was due on the 28th but I've been two weeks late with
each of my others, so I was expecting a January baby.''
All 183 patients at Dunedin Hospital yesterday each received
$8 in a 78-year-old Christmas tradition.
The Richmond Shilling has been distributed to Christmas
patients since 1943 from a bequest by James Richmond,
proprietor of Richmond's Scotia Hotel. Interest earned on his
distributed to patients each year and the amount varies
Dunedin Hospital's emergency department was moderately busy,
staff said yesterday.
They expected the number of patients to increase throughout
the afternoon and evening, as is typical on Christmas