Bromley couple put New Year celebrations on hold to welcome new arrival to the world

PUBLISHED: 10:18 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:18 07 January 2014

Marley Monteiro was born on New Year's Day at Princess Royal University Hospital

Marley Monteiro was born on New Year's Day at Princess Royal University Hospital


A Bromley couple weren’t able to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks on TV, because they were in hospital welcoming their new arrival to the world.

Josh Monteiro, 23, of Leybourne Close, and Sarah O’Sullivan, 27, of Southwood Close, Bickley, planned to stay in to welcome in 2014 as Sarah was due to go into labour on January 7.

But their son, Marley Monteiro, showed his eagerness to be a part of the festivities by appearing a week early, at 6.15am on New Year’s Day at Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough Common, Orpington.

His proud dad said: “It was lucky, I was invited up to my mate’s for New Year’s Eve drinks. I said I better not because it was getting close to the time.

“We were going to sit in and watch the TV.

“We didn’t see the fireworks.

“We were back and forwards from the hospital.

“We went the first time and she wasn’t that far gone. They said we can go home. We went home and within half an hour, she was in pain.”

Amid a “really quiet” ward, the labour went “very well”, according to Josh, and the 6lbs 7oz boy is now “very happy and feeding”.

His dad also plans to “spoil” him on his future birthdays.

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