A St Leonards mother received a surprise gift when her baby daughter was born on Christmas Day.
Kamala Baniya Khadka, 38, of Kenilworth Road, was busy cleaning the bathroom on Christmas Eve when her waters suddenly broke and contractions started.
The nurse, originally from Nepal, who works in MacDonald Ward at the Conquest, was taken to the hospital on The Ridge where she gave birth to baby Prakriti just after 2.40am the next morning after 12 hours of labour.
The mother, who already has a 14-year-old son called Pranab, said: “I was cleaning the bathroom in the afternoon on Christmas Eve and suddenly started having contractions. I knew then Prakriti was on the way.”
She rang the Conquest at around 2pm and the hospital asked her to head to the maternity ward with her 43-year-old husband Purushottam.
Kamala said: “Prakriti was due on December 23 but ended up being born two days later, which was completely unexpected. Prakriti was finally born at 2.42am on Christmas Day.”
The word ‘prakriti’ means ‘nature’ in Nepali.
Simon Purkiss, spokesman for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs both the Conquest and Eastbourne’s District General Hospital (DGH), said a total of six babies were born at the Conquest’s maternity unit on Christmas Day, two of whom were from Hastings.