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Jack Peck born in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, May 29th 2002 - 21:00 UTC
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Jack, son of James Peck and Maria Abriani was born in the early hours of Wednesday morning at the Swiss Argentine Maternity hospital in Buenos Aires.

The baby, who was born by natural delivery, weighed just over three kilos at birth. Both mother and child are well and resting in the ninth floor suite at this exclusive medical centre.

James and Maria told MercoPress that they were delighted with such a beautiful baby and declined to make any comments about the circumstances which forced them to leave the Falkland Islands after the local authorities refused to provide the expectant mother with free medical attention.

The Falkland Islands authorities refused to provide free medical attention and grant James his rights as baby's father on the grounds that he is not yet legally divorced from a previous marriage. The decision that has been deeply controversial in the Islands and has created "profound disgust" in London according to one parliamentary foreign affairs spokesman consulted by this news agency.

Throughout the day numerous family and friends visited James, Maria and Jack. The story of James and Maria's virtual expulsion from the islands was given front-page coverage in Argentina and several government officials offered free medical support if needed an offer which James and Maria courteously declined.

Oblivious to such press attention Jack, dressed in white woollies and donning a cotton hat which immediately got him the nickname of Beckham after the captain of the England soccer squad known to wear a similar sort of headgear, slept peacefully in his mother's arms.

Anyone who thought that the birth of Jack Peck would go unnoticed might like to note that no such thing has happened. The press of several countries was queuing up for photos of the baby, a request which parents James and Maria have said they will not allow.

Last night, people consulting at the reception desk of the maternity hospital were being directed to the room of the "bebe malvinense" on the ninth floor.

Sources in London and Stanley indicated last night that the fact that James and Maria should have been forced off the islands - the place they chose as their home - could yet end up leading to the removal of several of the authorities involved in the decision making.

In the meantime Jack and his parents were enjoying every minute wholly unconcerned about the storm that has been unleashed around them.

Nicholas Tozer - Buenos Aires

Categories: Falkland Islands.

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