Christmas Day joy for new Havering mums

For some Havering parents, Christmas was a time to get a very special gift – a new baby.

Donna and Joel Martinez-Hyde, of Portnoi Close, Romford, had a surprise start to Christmas Day when their baby boy Riley was born two weeks early.

The couple’s first baby was born at King George’s Hospital in Goodmayes at 8.50am.

Donna, 27, said: “He was two weeks early, and for him to be born on Christmas Day was a shock.”

But the couple were home in time for Christmas dinner. “We were home around half past four, we had our food but were a bit tired. Opening our presents at nine o clock at night was weird, but it was very nice.”

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Jacklynn Lim, of Petersfield Ave, Harold Hill, gave birth to her first daughter Jazlene Noelle in King George’s on the same morning.

The festively-named girl is 26-year-old Jacklynn’s first child too.

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