MARK and Sheila Stewart's mircale baby story this week brought back happy memories for Cheryl Holland.
Cheryl and husband Martin were on holiday in Majorca nine years ago when, just as she was about to go through passport control at Palma airport to fly home to Britain, her waters broke. She was rushed to Son Dureta hospital five-and-a-half months pregnant and on August 24 1995, Zara was born eight weeks prematurely weighing just 1.7 kilos.
Cheryl spent a total six weeks in hospital and baby Zara spent a further three before they all flew home. Son Dureta were absolutely fantastic, Cheryl said yesterday. We have been back since, but Zara was only two so she doesn't remember much. However this time it's a bit different. I wonder if the wonderful staff who treated us are still there. We did plan to return to Son Dureta, but for one thing and another we've run out of time, maybe next time, she said. I remember it was a real shock returning to Britain and hospital in Yorkshire. The treatment and organisation in Palma was so much better with restricted visiting times etc. Back home at the hospital is was just chaos, she said. Zara is starting to learn a bit of Spanish, we've got a Spanish gardener at home, and she's quite into all this being born in Majorca. She's even got dual nationality, Cheryl said. It's also a great after dinner yarn; we went to Majorca on holiday and came back with a baby.