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Mike was finally able to come to the hospital an hour later. He had seen our voice messages that we had left on his phone while driving Ann to the hospital. He came running to where we were seated on the waiting room.

“Where is she?” Mike asked looking around.

“Hey chill, she is being checked out by the doctors.” Fred said while trying to hold him still.

“How could I be so stupid?” Mike said softly while holding head looking at the cold white tiled floor.

“It wasn’t your fault Mike.” I said to him.

“No, I shouldn’t have gone out drinking! I could have been able to assist her early. I could have done something about it if she felt pain first or noticed something. What if she loses the baby? What if…” He said.

“No, no, no. She will be alright.” Fred interjected while holding him on his shoulders. “We just have to wait for the doctors’ word when they finish with her.”

“But she asked me to stay with her but I didn’t listen!” Mike cried.

“Dude, it will be alright.”

We all sat down and waited for the doctor. The clock on the center of the room made the waiting seem longer. The minute hand seemed like it was not moving! The waiting room had eight chairs all facing to one side with a TV screen on one end and the clock in the center. Mike, who was sitting besides me, was weeping silently. His veins stood out across his forehead while his eyes were wet from crying.

Finally, the doctor came out. He looked across the room and spotted us. We all stood up and keenly listened to him.

“She is stable. She was bleeding profusely but we managed to contain it. We had to perform an emergency surgery to be able to save the child. He is doing well also but we have to keep him in an incubator since he was born prematurely.”

“It’s a boy?” Mike asked excitedly.

“Congratulations!” The doctor said with a broad smile.

“Can we see her?” I asked.

“Yes but you will have to wait a bit since she is being transferred to the wards. Ill send one of the nurses to come call you.” The doctor replied.

“Thank you so much.” Mike said while giving the doctor a handshake.

We were finally allowed to go see Ann. She was lying on the hospital bed half asleep. She looked tired, maybe from the drugs that she was given. Her hair was uncombed giving her a crazy look.

“Congratulations dear! So sorry on what you went through.” Mike said while planting a kiss on her lips.

“Congratulations too. You are now a dad to a handsome son.” Ann replied.

“You are a mother too! How are you feeling?” he asked.

“A bit tired. I wish i could take a nap but i can’t. I want to hold the baby.” she replied.

“I know but the baby is in the incubator. He needs to rest too.”

I guess. Oh, Kate and Fred. Thank you so much for everything.” she said as soon as she noticed we were in the room.

“Its nothing really. As long as you are okay and the baby too. Congratulations to your new addition to the family!” I said giving her a hug.

“Thank you.”

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