It’s renowned for saving lives, but Chris O’Brien Lifehouse entered the business of giving life when a woman unexpectedly gave birth at the facility earlier this week.
Sophia Tam was visiting the café at the cancer treatment centre on Monday when she made a quick trip to the bathroom.
It was then and there that the mother of two gave birth to baby Stevie – the first child to be born at Lifehouse.
“I realised the baby was coming,” she said. “I pressed the emergency button and I heard someone asking if I was all right. And I said, ‘I just had a baby’.”
Mrs Tam’s husband, who was waiting outside the bathroom, heard the commotion and ran in to cradle his new son.
Lifehouse emergency staff and paramedics arrived shortly after.
“There were a lot of doctors around, and Lifehouse staff,” Mrs Tam said. “It was quite a shock, but they looked after me so well.”
Mr and Mrs Tam said they chose Stevie’s name from the Bible.
“We chose his name as he has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. In the Bible, he didn’t have a very long life, but it was one that honoured God.”