A Christmas gift which saw all fears forgotten

Lisa, Jude, Lexie and Mark.
Lisa, Jude, Lexie and Mark.

Following eight months of ‘utter hell’, an Alnwick couple finally have something to smile about – a baby boy against all the odds.

Lisa Aynsley and Marc Graham now have a new reason to celebrate over the festive period after Lisa gave birth to a baby boy on Christmas Day, four weeks premature.

Lisa, who is already mum to Lexy, aged eight, went to Wansbeck General Hospital after her waters broke while having a pre-Christmas meal in The Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick.

“We hadn’t been been there very long,” Lisa said.

“We ordered the food, somebody cracked a joke and I laughed and then my waters broke.”

Following five hours in labour, Lisa underwent an emergency caesarean and Jude Gabriel was born at 3.41am, weighing a healthy 6lbs 11oz.

He was the second baby born in Northumberland on Christmas Day.

He followed Jamie Scott, who was born to dad Tom and mum Nicola, from Elizabeth Street in Widdrington Station, and joins eight-year-old brother Robbie.

The Christmas miracle, Jude, is now home safe and sound despite warnings from the doctors that Lisa and Marc ‘would be lucky to see the end of the pregnancy’.

Lisa, 40, who lives in Fairfields, Alnwick, said: “There’s been absolute worry all the time, but the baby’s health is spot on.

“We haven’t even had Christmas yet, I came home the day after Boxing Day so I completely missed everything.”

With the baby coming early, Lisa had nothing for him so she had to send her sister to the shops to buy supplies for the new arrival.

“Considering I’m an events organiser, I’ve not been very organised,” she said.

Lisa, who works for Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, and the family are now looking forward to having Christmas next week when her brother returns from his honeymoon.