Isabelle makes Friday a remembrance day for parents

Chris and Louise Pirie had suffered still birth before having Isabelle

A SECOND Scottish baby has been revealed to have been born at precisely 11.11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 2011.

Four day old Isabella Pirie was born on 11.11.11 but will share her unique birthday with baby Layker Funnell who was also born at the same time on Armistice Day.

Baby Isabelle was delivered in Livingston, West Lothian, while Layker was born in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, at exactly the same time.

But while both births were momentous for their timing, Isabelle’s arrival was even more significant for her parents, Chris and Louise Pirie, as the couple had recently suffered the heartbreak of a stillbirth.

Mrs Pirie’s original due date was November 24, but because the couple had suffered a stillbirth she was scheduled to be induced in her 38th week, arriving at hospital on November 9.

Mr Pirie, 31, said: “The baby was doing well, but Louisa was induced for a couple of days and then had a Caesarean section. I don’t know if the surgeon was trying to get the time deliberately, but it just so happened that she went into surgery about 10.30am and the wee one was born at 11.11am.

“I got called through at 11 o’clock and sat with Louisa while they did surgery.

“We weren’t thinking about the time at first and they said she’d been born at 11 minutes past 11.

“The hospital were excellent- the staff were absolutely fabulous.”

The family arrived home to Livingstone on Sunday.

Mr Pirie, who is a police constable based at Corstorphine police station, said: “We had a bit of a sleepless night, but we’re just trying to get into a routine. She’s got thick black hair, so everyone’s always commenting on the hair.

She’s a lovely wee thing, with wee chubby cheeks.

“A lot of people mentioned that she may be born on the 11th, but we never thought about the time.”

Mrs Pirie, 31, a former HR worker, said: “With the date we were given for the operation we knew it was going to be that morning, but there was that much happening that we didn’t realise the exact time.

“People have bee quite surprised, saying she must be a special baby, so it’s attracted a lot of comment.”

Isabella is now at home with her parents, blissfully unaware of the significance of her birthday.


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