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New Year dash for couple who started 2019 with a special arrival

'The sleep deprivation is already kicking in - it’s love at first sight though!'

03 January, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Samira with baby Radvin

A COUPLE had a New Year they’ll never forget after being rushed to the Royal Free by ambulance to give birth to their first child.

Dana Burger, 36, and Omer Harel, 34, who live in Belsize Park, were preparing for a home birth but complications meant they needed to go to the Hampstead hospital.

Their baby, weighing 2.3 kilos (5lbs), was born at 9.19am on New Year’s Day.

Mr Harel said: “We had planned for a home birth but in the end we needed help so were brought in by ambulance. The Jewish custom is not to name your baby until after they are born so we haven’t decided on a name yet, but he is certainly making his presence felt.”

Omer and Dana with the newest member of their family

He added: “The sleep deprivation is already kicking in. It’s love at first sight though!”

Two other babies were born at the Royal Free on the first day of the year.

The first, baby Radvin – who is pictured on page one with mum Samira Faridnia – arrived just six minutes into 2019. Ms Faridnia, who lives in Cricklewood, said: “I’m tired because it was a long labour, but I’m so happy to see him. He’s wonderful. Radvin means ‘young man’ in Persian.”

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