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Rainham gran Jackie Bravo had two reasons to visit the maternity ward at Medway Maritime Hospital

By Nicola Jordan

Gran Jackie Bravo has a double reason to celebrate after taking delivery of two newborn grandsons in just eight hours.

Jackie did not have far to go to pick up her little bundles of joy.

Remarkably, both babies were born in the same ward at Medway Maritime Hospital.

Jackie Bravo with grandchildren Beau Brett and Koby Bravo. Picture: Steve Crispe
Jackie Bravo with grandchildren Beau Brett and Koby Bravo. Picture: Steve Crispe

Her son Loz’s wife Chrissie gave birth to Koby, their second child, in the early hours.

Then she got the call to say that daughter Lucia had gone into labour.

Baby Beau, Lucia and Ryan Brett’s first-born, arrived hours later.

Both Lucia, 32, and Chrissie, 28, went into early labour after their waters broke within half and hour of each other.

Secretary Jackie, who already has three grandchildren, was looking forward to a day off shopping with her mum – but Koby and Beau had other ideas.

Koby arrived at 5.10am on August 14, weighing 6lb 13oz, and his cousin, Beau, came into the world at 1.30pm, tipping the scales at 8lb 3oz.

Jackie said: “It has to have been the best feeling ever.

“It was like I had suddenly got twin grandsons.

“I was floating around in the delivery suite from one bed to another. It took me a long time to come down.

“I think the nurses were getting a bit confused with two Bravos in the same ward – and in beds next to each other” - Jackie Bravo

“I think the nurses were getting a bit confused with two Bravos in the same ward – and in beds next to each other.”

Lucia, and Ryan, 25, a bookbinder, should not have problems finding a babysitter as they are temporarily living with Jackie and her partner, Bill Smith, at their home in Rainham High Street.

Loz, a forklift truck engineer, and Chrissie, both aged 28, who have a daughter, Eyva, four, live nearby in Chatham.

Jackie Bravo with grandchildren Beau Brett and Koby Bravo, Lucia Bravo and Ryan Brett (left of Jackie), Loz and Chrissie Bravo with daughter Eyva. Picture: Steve Crispe
Jackie Bravo with grandchildren Beau Brett and Koby Bravo, Lucia Bravo and Ryan Brett (left of Jackie), Loz and Chrissie Bravo with daughter Eyva. Picture: Steve Crispe

Lucia said: “I was four days early and Chrissie was three days late.

“We joked about having our babies on the same day, but never dreamed it would actually happen.

“I only wish we had gone down the bookies and had a bet on it because the chances must be a million to one.”

“I’m sure they will grow up the best of buddies. They are like brothers. It will be fun as they go through different stages of crawling and walking together.

“We are looking forward to joint birthday parties.”

Jackie, who works at the United Services Club in Rainham, said: “I’m running out of space on my walls for pictures of my grandchildren.”

Jackie, who is also mum to Max, 24, and Carl, 30, who has a son, Charlie, eight, and daughter, Scarlett, three, added: “I’m guessing Christmas is going to be expensive.”

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