Harleston dad makes a mad dash to be at son’s birth

New Year's Day babies at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Diana Apirajana, and her husba

New Year's Day babies at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Diana Apirajana, and her husband, Mark Keeling, from Harleston, with their son Kayden Anthony Keeling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A Harleston dad made a mad dash back to the country when his wife went into labour.

Mark Keeling, 43, was working offshore on Thursday when he received the news that his wife, Diana Apirajana, 31, had gone into labour two weeks early.

Arriving at the airport, Mr Keeling found that there were no flights to Norwich.

Determined to make it back in time, he flew from Aberdeen to Amsterdam and then caught a connecting flight to Norwich.

Rushing to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital from the airport, upon arrival, his wife's contractions stopped.

But it wasn't long until his son, Kayden Anthony Keeling was born - at 2.44am yesterday weighing five pounds and 11 ounces.

Mr Keeling, said: 'I made it her in time and it was really special, we can hear other babies crying but he's been so quiet and is sleeping well.'

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Another baby arriving early was tiny Erin Elizabeth O'Halloran.

New parents John O'Halloran and Lyndsey O'Halloran, from North Walsham, had to have their first child, Erin, induced 24 days early.

Lyndsey O'Halloran, said: 'They said she was small for her age, a couple of days ago when I had a scan and she was only four pounds, so we weren't sure how she was going to be, but she is fine.'

Born yesterday at 7.56am via cesarian, she weighed just four pounds and eight ounces.

Rhiannon Owen and Jamie Owen, from Spixworth, were also welcoming their first child to the world.

Jacob Thomas Owen, was born at 7.04am - five days late - weighing seven pounds and 15.5 ounces.