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By John Mulgrew

Edan Francis McGrillen was delivered into the arms of his loving mother after an emergency caesarean at the Ulster Hospital.

Anthea Crothers (35), gave birth to her first child after the emergency operation at the hospital on June 20.

The taxi driver, from Ballynahinch, welcomed Edan into the world at 7.13am, weighing 6lbs 4oz who, along with his mum, is fit and healthy.

“It was a nightmare, basically — I had to have an emergency caesarean. I was brought in on the Monday morning shortly before 7am,” said Anthea.

“He came out fit and well, so that's definitely the main thing. This is my first and I can't wait to get home.”

Supported by her partner Don McGrillen (36), the pair said staff at the maternity unit had been exceptional in assisting with the birth of their first child.

“It's been brilliant. The staff were really fantastic.

“They were worked off their feet, but great,” added Anthea.

Proud new dad Don, who works as a postman and part-time fire-fighter, said he could see his newborn baby boy as a future golfing star, on a par with US Open winner Rory McIlroy.

“He might be the next Rory McIlroy — you never know,” said Don.

Young Edan, who already boasts an impressive head of hair, didn't shy away from the attention and made his presence known throughout the ward.

Anthea said she was looking forward to the future.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing him grow up and looking after him. It's all been great.

“The family has been down, the grandparents and uncles and aunties. I can't wait for a couple of days rest before the onslaught.”

The young family haven't made plans for any more children, but aren't ruling anything out in future. Anthea said: “The staff were talking about that. They said it's OK to have a natural birth next time and I'm like, you're talking about next time, I'm not even out yet.”

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