Busiest Christmas Day in a decade at Derriford Hospital maternity ward
FOURTEEN bonny babies gave their parents an unforgettable present when they made an appearance on Christmas Day.
Midwives and nursing staff at Derriford Hospital were kept busy as they delivered the perfect festive gifts to a host of proud parents on Tuesday.
This year proved to be a bumper Christmas, with the most births on the special day in more than 10 years.
The last big festive baby tally at Derriford was in 2007, when 12 were born on Christmas Day.
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Among the happy parents blessed with little bundles of joy were Lovely and Grando Ferrer, who live in the city centre, who welcomed baby Franz Angelo into the world at 6pm on Christmas Day.
Weighing 6lb 14oz, Franz Angelo is the couple's first child.
Lovely, whose waters broke at 6am, said: "Franz Angelo was due to be born on December 23 so to have him on Christmas Day was fantastic.
"All of our presents are still under the tree but we will have our own special Christmas Day when we get home."
And first-time mum Lianne Oxley, from Looe, who woke up with pains at 4am, still managed to cook up a festive feast with her partner Chris before spending 14 hours in labour.
Lianne gave birth to baby Oliver, weighing 5lbs 15oz at 6.42pm.
She said: "Oliver was overdue. He was meant to be born on December 19. Everyone kept saying that he'd arrive Christmas Day but I thought it was too much of a cliche to happen. So it was quite an experience.
"I still managed to cook the Christmas dinner before I went into hospital though, despite not being able to eat it! I might microwave it when I get home!"
And Kerry Blackham, from Plympton, even managed to open her presents and enjoy a Christmas dinner with her family before having her first child, Ava, at 11.55pm.
Kerry was due on Christmas Eve but didn't go into hospital until 10pm on Christmas Day. Because Ava, who weighed 7lbs, was the wrong way around she had to have a caesarean.
"I definitely saved the best present until last," said Kerry.
While a number of the babies born on Tuesday were overdue, there was one who decided to make a rather early debut.
Kim Merschel, from Liskeard, was due to give birth on New Year's Day.
But baby Trance Lawrence-Merschel, weighing 5lbs, couldn't wait that long and arrived at 3.17pm on Christmas Day.
"It was a nice surprise. Santa's definitely got a sense of humour," said second-time mum Kim.