Mandaue City Hospital welcomes lone delivery of baby on Jan. 1, 2020

JENERINE Singgote gave birth to her baby boy at the Mandaue City Hospital at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

She was among the thousands of mothers nationwide who gave birth on the first day of the year. However, Singgote was the only one to deliver her baby at the Mandaue City Hospital.

Singgote, who originally hails from Barangay Apas, Cebu City but currently lives in Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City with her son’s father, Anthony Lumbab, said she couldn’t explain the happiness of having her baby boy in her arms.

The couple want to name their son Kyle.

During her last ultrasound, she was told she was due to deliver the baby on Jan. 26. So she and her family were shocked when she went into labor on Jan. 1.

“We initially wanted to call him ‘Kyle Zenuh,’ but decided against it because it was too long. That’s why we decided to just call him Kyle. That way, he won’t have any problem writing his name in school,” Singgote said in Cebuano.

Kyle’s grandmother, Ester Lumbab, said they had organized a party at their residence to welcome the New Year on Dec. 31, 2019. Afterward, they went to bed. But at 2:45 a.m., they were awakened because Singgote felt pain in her stomach. For the next hour, she was in and out of the bathroom.

Ester said she became alarmed when she walked in on Singgote kneeling on the bathroom floor in pain.

It was then the family decided to take her to the hospital.

They first went to the Eversley Childs Sanitarium and General Hospital in Barangay Jagobiao, but there was no doctor available. So they brought Singgote to the Mandaue City Hospital in Barangay Centro.

Ester said they were very happy to welcome a new member to their family, adding that her grandson’s birth brought luck.

“What a stroke of good luck! Now, we’ll always have a double celebration on New Year’s Day,” she said in Cebuano.

Dr. Ma. Lourdes Espinoza, chief of the Mandaue City Hospital, also hoped that their luck would rub off on the hospital. (KFD)