KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 29 – Unlike everyone else, babies who were born on a leap day today will only be able to actually celebrate their first birthday in 2020 as the Feb 29 is a date that only comes once every four years. The leap year of 2016 is indeed very meaningful, not only to those who celebrated their birthday today, but also to couples whose children were born on this very rare date.
In NEGERI SEMBILAN, a total of 11 babies, six girls and five boys, were born at the Tuanku Jaafar Seremban Hospital as at noon today. The first baby boy belonging to Siti Nurhidayu Aliza was born at 1.20 am, weighing 2.5kg, through a normal delivery, while Yap Meng Fong gave birth to the healthy baby weighing 3.73kg through a caesarean birth.
In IPOH, 13 babies were born at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital (RPBH) as at 3 pm. They comprised eight boys and five girls. RPBH public relations officer Normah Mohd Tahir said the first baby was a girl, delivered at 1.50 am by Harmina Ishak.
In GEORGE TOWN, three babies, one of whom is a boy, were born through normal delivery at the Penang Hospital as at 3 pm. Syarifah Zahidah Syed Hussain, 27, gave birth to the 2.8kg baby boy at 12.34 am, followed by L.Krishnavery, 35 who gave birth to a 3.3 kg baby girl at 1.25 am. Nor Fazilah Jamaluddin, 28, gave birth to the third baby girl, weighing 3.3 kg at 8.05 am.
In MELAKA, State Women, Family Development and Social Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Latipah Omar said the Melaka Hospital recorded the birth of 10 leap year babies, comprising eight boys and two girls. Among the mothers who gave birth at the hospital today were Norbanun Othman, 26, who was wheeled into the labour room six hours before finally giving birth to a baby girl weighing 2.9 kg at 12.27 am.
Another mother, Zuriati Che Mat, 39, said the date was indeed special to welcome the birth of her long-awaited baby boy. Born at 7.20 am and weighing 4.05 kg, Zuriati said she and her husband had been waiting to have a son after having four daughters. In KOTA BAHARU, 16 leap year babies were born at Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZII) Hospital as at 12.30 pm today. Hospital spokesman said they comprised seven boys and nine girls.
In KEDAH, 20 boys and 15 girls were born in five hospitals in the state as at noon. Kedah Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said 16 of the babies (seven boys and nine girls) were delivered at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital; 11 (7 boys, four girls) at Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital; six (four boy, two girls) at Kulim Hospital; and one baby girl each in Langkawi Hospital and Baling Hospital.
In JOHOR BAHARU, two boys were born at KPJPuteri Specialist Hospital as at 4 pm. In a statement, the hospital management said the first of its leap year babies was named Bevis Loo and was born at 9.16 am and weighing 3.08 kg. In KUCHING, 17 babies were born on the leap day today at the Sarawak General Hospital as at 2 pm. Of the total, 10 were girls. Another leap year baby girl was born at KPJ Kuching Specialist Hospital through a normal delivery at 1.42 pm.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, 28 babies were born at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital as at 2 pm. Hospital director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said 13 of the babies were boys. In SABAH, the Likas Women and Children Hospital recorded the birth of 29 leap year babies as at 4 pm. They comprise 19 boys and 10 girls.