A couple have received the ultimate Christmas present after their twins arrived four weeks early – but they won’t share the same birthday.
Adeeqa Ali and her partner Faisal Imran from Livingston, Scotland, went to hospital on Christmas Eve, nearly a month ahead of the expected due date.
Baby boy Jami and twin sister Rumi were both born within an hour of each other, but not on the same day.
Jami was born at 11.44pm on Christmas Eve, while his sister was delivered at 12.27am on Christmas Day.
Staff said the pair will remain with their mother in hospital for a few days but should be out by Hogmanay – New Year celebrated in the Scottish way.
Rumi came within minutes of being the first Christmas baby in Scotland, but Aberdeen’s Eliza Shearer took that accolade.
Maja and Jason Shearer rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Christmas Eve as Eliza made an appearance a few days before she was due at 12.18 on Christmas Day.
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Mr Shearer said it was “touch and go” whether she would be born before or after midnight.
He described the quick change of plans with Mrs Shearer’s parents, who came over from Poland, having to host the traditional Christmas Eve celebration without the expectant parents at home.
He said: “Maja’s Polish, so we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and British Christmas on Christmas Day.
“Maja’s folks are over just now so they had to host Christmas dinner without us last night because we’re here, and they’ll probably get a nice Christmas dinner again today.”
The new father also thanked the midwifery staff at the hospital, who he said had been “absolutely amazing”.