Samoa’s 2021 Christmas babies born at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM) Motootua National Hospital in Apia are healthy and well.
Loralemoelefili Niko Filia of Fusi Saluafata had her baby boy at 12:06am. The 8 pound bundle of joy is Samoa’s first born Chirstmas Day baby.
“We haven’t named him yet,” she says with a smile.
Loralemoelefili says she had a difficult birth but is grateful to God for her baby.
“The pain went away when I saw him,” says Lora who comes from a family of 13 children.
Baby’s proud grandmother Aifai says Loralemoelefili is the second eldest child. She and her husband Lemoelefili Papaeletoa are happy to have their first grandchild this Chirstmas.
“I am grateful to God for the best gift we have for this Christmas”.
“Faafetai i le alofa ma le agalelei o Le Atua mo lenei mealofa sili o le Kerisimasi”.
The second baby of Chirstmas Day was born at 1:50am also at TTM hospital to Tavai and Tavita Toilolo of Faleasiu and Solosolo.
Proud father Tavita Toilolo is the Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) at Solosolo.
“I am so thankful to God that both Mom and Baby are well and healthy,” said Bishop Toilolo.
The Toilolo’s Chirstmas baby is a fifth child of the family.
“We have two boys and now we have three girls.. we give the glory back to God for our Chirstmas baby”.
“E faafoi lava le viiga ma le faafetai i Le Atua ona o lenei faamanuiaga i si o ma’ua aiga, faafetai lea ua mafai ona tuueseeseina ma le manuia le tina o le aiga ma le matou pepe o le Kerisimasi”.
Samoa’s third baby was born at Lalomanu District Hospital at 2:25am. Hospital staff confirm that there were no babies at born at Tuasivi hospital.