JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 mother of two is now a mother of three after having one major Christmas Eve surprise.
According to Glen and Melissa Wallis, the couple went to the St. Bernards emergency room for what they thought were problems with Melissa's gallbladder on December 23.
Little did they know, she wasn't experiencing gall bladder pains. She was having labor pains.
Wallis said after realizing she was in labor, doctors immediately took her to a delivery room at 7:45 a.m. Christmas Eve morning. Nearly an hour later, a 7.65-pound baby girl came into the world.
It's something Melissa says is a huge wonder to her and her family. "We have a 21 year old and a 17 year old so this was a big surprise," the mother said. "But we are all happy with it."
When asked how it feels to be new parents again and on Christmas Eve, both parents said they are "shocked but great."
St. Bernards also had two other Christmas visitors, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Santa and some of his elves gave out candy canes to people in the emergency room, nurses working the floors, and even gave toys to the children at the hospital.
The Forrest family said they help every year and said seeing the impact a Santa visit has on the children is the true gift of Christmas. "We have people calling us every Christmas that were people in the hospital just to say thank you when they grow up," Barry Forrest said. "I still remember it and that is what the meaning is about."
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