B.C. mall becomes maternity ward as woman gives birth while shopping

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RICHMOND, B.C. - A mall in Richmond, British Columbia, is celebrating its newest customer — or it would, if it could find him and his mom.

A spokeswoman for the suburban Vancouver mall says a woman gave birth to a baby boy while shopping on Saturday afternoon.

Joey Kwan says security staff at Aberdeen Centre called 911 when the woman went into labour and by the time firefighters arrived, so had the baby.

Kwan says the little guy didn't even wait for the paramedics and it was a very surprised firefighter who ended up cutting the healthy baby's umbilical cord.

Now, Kwan says mall merchants are hoping the mom and son return to Aberdeen Centre because, in the scurry to make her comfortable and offer her some privacy during the delivery, no one got her name.

Merchants have already come forward with numerous gifts for the infant, dinners for the family and one bakery says it will make a birthday cake for the boy every year until he turns 18. (News1130)


Organizations: Aberdeen Centre

Geographic location: RICHMOND, British Columbia, Vancouver

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