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SPECIAL DELIVERY: Babies bring extra merriment to families
PETALING JAYA: HARI Raya Aidilfitri was extra special for families who welcomed their new bundles of joy on the first day of Syawal on Sunday.
Second-time mother, Wan Nurani Syuhada Mat Daud, 33 was completing last-minute Hari Raya preparations when she began having labour pains a week early.
"Hari Raya is surely more exciting this year although it is a unique experience to be in the hospital and leave the festive preparations behind," she said at the University Malaya Medical Centre yesterday.
She said the balik kampung plan was cancelled since it was not advisable to travel to Terengganu. Nevertheless, she said, she was overjoyed that her family came down visit her and her baby.
"Our friends and family who come home for Raya have been coming to the hospital to visit me and our newborn boy."
Salina Mustaffa, 38 said while she was happy to welcome her third son on the first day of Raya, she misses the normal celebration.
"My family are planning to celebrate his birthday next year if it falls on Raya," she said, adding that she was due on Aug 23 and didn't expect an early delivery.
Salina said she could not wait to tell her son how special his birth was when he grew up.
Hundreds of Raya babies were born in hospitals around the city on the first day of Syawal.
Sungai Buloh Hospital recorded the most number of babies with a total of 18 babies, of whom 14 were boys.
This was followed by Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital with 15 babies, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (14), University Malaya Medical Centre (10), Ampang Hospital (nine), Kajang Hospital (seven) and Tropicana Medical Centre (one). Additional reporting by Eunice Au