A new baby was born at Katherine Hospital last night after his mother was flown more than 450 kilometers from Kalkarindji to be induced two weeks early.
Currently studying to be an Aboriginal Health Practitioner Dorinda Campbell and her partner Lincoln Pelasco dropped everything to get to Katherine.
They arrived in the nick of time and are now ecstatic to have their third child.
“I feel very excited that he is in my arms and not in my stomach,” Ms Campbell said.
“When I held him for the first time it was very strange because I had carried him around for nine months and just like that I was holding him.
“No matter how many children I have holding them for the first time is always special,” she said.
Third in line, the couple have named their new baby, born yesterday at 8pm, Javier Pelasco.
The 22-year-old is following in her father’s footsteps, working towards a career as a medical professional.
“I want to help my people and be like my dad, Billy Campbell, who worked and travelled around the region as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner.
“People looked up to him,” she said.
Studying through the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Ms Campbell hopes to be working at the Kalkarindji Health Centre.
Mr Pelasco, who is studying to be a ranger said his two other children are already fighting over who gets to hold the tiny new baby.
“The rest of our family is very excited to see our new baby,” Mr Pelasco said.
“Javier is like his big brother Nate, very quite and content.”
The couple will be spending just a few more days at Katherine Hospital, before heading back to their home and picking up where they left off with a small new addition to the family.
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