By Eric Howald
The Kincardine hospital was a joyful place early Monday morning.
The reason - the unexpected arrival of identical twins.
Dan Scott, 22, and Angela Fraser, 20, of Bervie became the proud parents of daughters, Alexis and Alyssa.
Since the hospital lost its obstetrics department a few years ago, births have become a rare occurrence there.
But the weekend snow storm played a role in these births.
Angela’s father, Ron, started driving the couple to the hospital and on the way they phoned the ambulance which met them at the intersection of Highways 9 and 21.
They arrived at the hospital at 11:25 p.m. Sunday night and within the hour, Angela delivered two beautiful little girls - Alyssa, five pounds nine ounces, arrived at 12:32 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, and Alexis, five pounds 10 ounces, arrived at 12:36 a.m.
Doctor Art Wiebe, who delivered the babies, joked, “This is bigger than (former NHL great) Paul Henderson being born at the foot of the hospital hill (in a snow storm).
Wiebe, who was assisted by Dr. Bill Knox, said it was his first delivery in eight to 10 years.
“It has been one of my fantasies to be caught in a situation where you have to deliver (a baby),” he said. “So I got my wish.”
New father Dan Scott and Alyssa, front left, and new mom Angela Fraser and Alexis, are surrounded by the happy team that helped deliver the twins early Monday morning. In back, from left, are Chris MacDonald, Dr. Art Wiebe, Bev Gattinger, Kate Kincaid and Nancy Hamilton. (Eric Howald photo)
The delivery was a team effort, said Wiebe. Nurses Chris MacDonald and Kate Kincaid have lots of experience in the delivery room, he added.
If it hadn‘t been for the poor road conditions, MacDonald, from Ripley, would not have even been at the hospital. She had worked Sunday but because of road condtions, her husband Jack was unable to get to town to pick her up. He had to turn back at Pine River, she said.
MacDonald, a nurse for 36 years, worked in the Kincardine delivery room for 29 years before it closed.
“It took me 36 years to get twins,” she said.
Although the twins are six weeks early, Wiebe said they are healthy, The twins were scheduled to be induced Jan. 9 in Owen Sound, because of minor complications.
The new father, Dan, is an assistant manager at Tim Hortons and Angela also works there. She too was also born at the Kincardine hospital.
Angela said the names of the twins were selected well in advance.
Six hours after the birth of the twins, the family was waiting for the roads to open so an ambulance could get them to Owen Sound Hospital.