Broadcaster Matthew Wright has told how he almost missed the birth of his first child as he was stuck in traffic, saying he was “having kittens”.
Wright and his wife Amelia welcomed their daughter Cassady in January, after trying for eight years and enduring six failed IVF attempts and one life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.
The presenter told Hello! magazine that he only found out that Amelia was about to give birth when he received a text from her as he came off air from his radio show.
He said: “There was a taxi drivers’ strike, every road we went on was stuck and there was no more communication from her.
“It took one hour 15 minutes to get from my offices in Waterloo to the hospital in Hammersmith, usually it would be 40 minutes, and I was having kittens.”
Amelia said: “My blood pressure suddenly went sky high and they said, ‘This is dangerous, it has to happen now’.
“They said they would try and wait for Matthew to get there but otherwise they were going to have to start.
“He needed to get there no later than when he did, or he would have missed it.”
Cassady arrived on January 25, nearly four weeks early, weighing just over 5lbs.
Amelia said she keeps pinching herself and that she feels “like it’s a rebirth for me”.
“I can’t get over how good she is and how gorgeous she is, I generally think babies are ugly things but it just happens that mine is the supermodel of the baby world,” Wright said.