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Subject: Mum shocked to find baby girl is a boy

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/10 at 5:37 am

A County Durham couple have spoken of their shock after being told that their baby girl is actually a baby boy.

Five weeks after giving birth to a girl, mum Claire Robson was astonished when doctors told her 'she' was a 'he' after all.

Ms Robson, 21, and partner, Andrew O'Shaughnessy, 27, from Brandon, near Durham, were thrilled when their first baby was born at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Born 11 weeks prematurely by caesarian section, the baby was immediately transferred to an incubator, reports the Northern Echo.

Ms Robson was told she had had a little girl who the couple named Olivia and started stocking up on pink baby cloths.

It was during a visit to the Wearside hospital that the couple were called in by a consultant and told that Olivia was, in fact, a boy.

Ms Robson said: "I just burst into tears. It's taken a bit of getting used to. From that point onwards everyone kept calling the baby a he.

"Because he was born so early he wasn't fully developed - that's why no one could tell. As he got a few weeks older it became apparent."

The couple have quickly adjusted to having a son rather than a daughter and now Olivia has a new name, Dylan.

"I love Dylan just as much. He's the same baby," said Ms Robson, who is now wondering what to do with a room filled with 'baby girl' cards sent by wellwishers.

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