Casino maternity ward

I covered this story when it happened in Novosibirsk, so did you think I wouldn’t post on it when it happens in my hometown? From the AP:

An Atlantic City woman playing the penny slots Saturday morning left the Resorts Atlantic City casino with her own little jackpot – a new baby boy.

Eight-months pregnant Nyree Thompson, 32, went into labor on the casino floor about 9:30 a.m.

Thompson told The Press of Atlantic City for Sunday editions that she mistook labor pains for gas at first, but after going to the restroom told a security guard that she might be giving birth.

Thompson said the guard thought she was joking. Then her water broke.

“A guard came over and said, ‘Don’t push,'” Thompson said. “I said, ‘Forget you, this baby is coming right now.'”

Minutes later, a boy weighing less than 5 pounds was born. Thompson named him Qualeem.

Four security guards helped Thompson deliver the baby, wrapping the child in a jacket until paramedics arrived at about 9:40 a.m., said Steve Callender, vice president of operations at Resorts.

Thompson and her son were taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out. She told The Press that despite being premature, Qualeem was doing fine.

Callender, who has worked at Resorts since it opened in 1978, said the birth was a first for the casino as far as he knew.

“We’ve had people die here,” he said, “but we’ve never had people born here.”

AP Wire | 02/04/2007 | For AC lady, luck be a baby; gambler gives birth on casino floor

Is this real news? Should I have opined on Morgans’ purchase of the Hard Rock? Maybe, but then I wouldn’t have been able to mention Novosibirsk.

It’s going to be a busy week for me, filled with work-related travel, so the posting might be a little scant this week.

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