Baby boy a gift for birthday couple
A couple are celebrating after beating odds of 133,225-1 by having a baby son on the birthday they themselves share.
Paul Thomas and wife Stefanie will share their birthday with their first child Oliver after he was born with 58 minutes to spare on Tuesday September 6, their 28th and 26th birthdays respectively.
He was born three days after Stefanie started getting labour pains at their home in Plymouth and was finally born at the city's Derriford Hospital at 11.02pm, weighing in at 8lb 2oz. He was due on August 29, making him eight days late.
Stefanie, who works for Devon and Cornwall Police, described him as "the best birthday present ever" and joked that it would help primary school teacher Paul, who she said was bad at remembering dates.
"A lot of our friends joked about the baby being born on our birthday, especially as the day approached," she told the Plymouth Herald.
"But we didn't think it would actually happen. I wish we could have known because we would have gone to the bookies and put a bet on for those odds.
"One thing's for sure, Paul will never forget my birthday again."
John Eales, an associate professor at Plymouth University's School of Computing and Mathematics, told the paper: "The chances of a couple and their first-born sharing the same birthday are very slim indeed.
"The probability is approximately 1/133,225 or 0.0000075."