Three generations of a family have defied odds of 48 million-to-one after being born on the same day.
Shaun Strong, 50, and daughter Paige, 25, were celebrating their joint birthdays on June 30 when she gave birth to bouncing baby Marley.
The trio now all share the same birthday – at exactly 25 year intervals.
Bookies Ladbrokes say the same chances of all three members of the same family
being born on the same day are a staggering 48,000,000/1.
Paige went into labour while she and dad Shaun celebrated their birthdays with a barbecue at his home in Braunstone, Leics.
Just minutes after giving her dad a birthday present, Paige went into labour and rushed to hospital where she gave birth to 7lb 1oz Marley hours later.
Paige, and her partner Nick Warner, 32, a scaffolder, were able to return home later that day to introduce Marley to Shaun.
Teaching assistant Paige, who also has two-and-a-half-year-old son Reggie-James, said: “I woke up at 4am and I realised I was having labour pains.
“We went to my mum and dad’s and started the birthday celebrations with a barbecue.
“Guests started arriving and my pains started getting quicker and more painful.
“The last quests arrived at 3.20pm, which I was holding out for so I could give dad my present.
“At about 3.30pm I went to the hospital and I arrived about 4.10pm. At 6.43pm I had Marley.
“I got discharged and arrived back at my mum and dad’s at 11pm. We did quick introductions before going home.
“The birth was very quick. My last birth was a struggle – I had Reggie-James two-and-a-half years ago.
“It’s pure madness that we all have the same birthday.
“My dad was adamant it was going to happen that day. I thought no way would it happen. It was quite a shock to find I was in labour. It’s quite magical really.
“Everyone was just amazed – they’re all pretty gobsmacked. On any day he could have come, that’s the day he chose to make his appearance.”
Shaun, a kitchen and furniture fitter, said: “The fact we are all 25 years apart I thought was a bit incredible.
“Marley had been due the next day – it wasn’t a surprise to me that he was born on the same day as me.
“The party was surreal – nobody knew what to do with themselves. She just hung on until the last minute.
“It was a hard one for everyone to digest at the start. Now everyone is so amazed. They could have all been born on one birthday but not necessarily 25 years apart.
“Everybody is quite amazed to be fair.
“June 30 is going to be a very expensive day from now on but I’m delighted to share a birthday with not only my daughter but now my grandson too.
“For my present, they all chipped in and got me a personalised number plate. My initials are SAS so it spells N888 SAS.
“It was excellent but the second gift was better – meeting Marley.”
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