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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Four brothers and sisters all have same birthday

Remembering their children’s birthdays isn’t a problem for mum and dad Emily Scrugham and Peter Dunn – because they’re all on the same date.

Family birthday photo
Peter Dunn and Emily Scrugham with Sam and baby Ryan flanked by twins Nicole and Brooke

The birth earlier this week of baby Ryan means that he shares his special day with five-year-old brother Sam and twin sisters Brooke and Nicole, two.

Emily, 22, and 24-year-old Peter of Ehen Road, Cleator Moor, were stunned when Ryan was born on Sunday as the other children celebrated their birthdays.

She said: “I really can’t believe we have another birthday on the same day, it certainly wasn’t planned.”

None of the babies were due on January 12. Sam was two weeks late, the twins were one month early and Ryan was three days late.

The odds of the children all sharing the same birthday is an astonishing 133,225-1.

“Sam has only had two birthdays where I haven’t been in hospital,” said Emily. “The twins had to be delivered by emergency caesarean section as doctors couldn’t find their heartbeats.

“I didn’t want them to be born on his birthday but I didn’t have a choice.

“And this time round, I went into labour at 9pm on Saturday and Ryan appeared at 3am, meaning we now have an extra special little family.”

The couple, who have been together for seven years and met through mutual friends, said having four children all born on the same day is a lucky coincidence.

Peter said: “I’m still trying to work out if it would be easier to have birthdays spread throughout the year or all on the same day.

“It doesn’t matter though, we plan to make every birthday a real family event where birthdays get celebrated individually and together.”

This year, Sam had his own cake and Brooke and Nicole shared one while waiting for mum to come out of hospital. Emily said she would never dream of moving their birthdays so they could have their own day to celebrate.

“They were all born on January 12 so birthdays will be celebrated on that day,” she said.

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