HAPPY FAMILY: Danny and Aurora O’Sullivan, of Lismore, with their 19-month-old son Lachlan and new baby daughter, Lily.
HAPPY FAMILY: Danny and Aurora O’Sullivan, of Lismore, with their 19-month-old son Lachlan and new baby daughter, Lily. Jacklyn Wagner

Baseball dad didn't have any time to glove-up

ANNY O’SULLIVAN might be a keen baseball player, but none of his catches have been quite as important as the one he made early on Sunday morning.

The Lismore man was getting ready to take his heavily pregnant wife, Aurora, to hospital when she ‘started screaming’.

“She yelled out, ‘the baby’s coming, the baby’s coming’,” he said.

“I ran into the bathroom and could see the baby crowning.”

The next moment, after just ‘two or three pushes’, little Lily was born into her dad’s arms.

“The baby just flew out and into Danny’s hands,” Aurora said.

“Our son, Lachlan, took eight hours. We knew the second birth would be quicker, but not that quick.”

Danny said Lily’s birth was ‘the scariest moment of my life’.

“She was so slippery, like an eel. I couldn’t hold on to her properly,” he said. “I just waited to hear her
cry, because then I knew that she’d be okay.

“It was my biggest fear. I had a moment of panic. It might have only been five seconds until she cried,
but it felt like an eternity.”

The couple then waited for an ambulance.

Aurora said Lily had been a week overdue.

“When we went to bed that night, we talked to my tummy,” she said.

“We said, ‘We want to meet you. Come out’. I didn’t think it would happen so quickly.”

And they also didn’t realise a close friend heard the drama unfold.

In his hurry to help his wife, Danny tossed aside Aurora’s mobile phone, which then accidentally dialled a friend, who happened to be a nurse.

“She answered and realised what was happening,” Aurora said.

“She thought we’d rung for help and was shouting out instructions to Danny. She heard everything that happened.”

It was an experience that Danny and Aurora will never forget.

“I was just buzzing. It was definitely my best catch ever,” Danny said.

“If we have anotherbaby we’ll be camping out in the hospital a week before it’s due.”


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