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Mom, in labor, stays for game
Sometimes staying committed to your favorite team can be a real labor of love, and one Chicago Blackhawks fan brought a whole new meaning to the term during the team’s first-round series-clinching win over the Minnesota Wild last Thursday.
Donna Lebano was eight months pregnant when she and her three sisters went to the United Center for Game 5 against the Wild. However, during the second period — perhaps due to the excitement of two early goals from Marian Hossa — Lebano started feeling contractions.
Lebano wasn’t going to let a little thing like having a baby get in the way of rooting on her favorite team, though. So she and her group stuck around until the end of the 5-1 Blackhawks victory — even hanging out to see the game’s three stars awarded.
“I was looking at my sisters, all of us,” Lebano told WGN9. “And we were like, ‘There’s no way we’re leaving this game.’ So we stuck it out, and we made it to the hospital in the nick of time.”
After the game, the girls all got in the car, with Lebano’s sister Barb driving, and headed straight for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, almost 20 miles away.
“There was definitely traffic, but we were all on such a high,” Lebano said. “We're in the playoffs, we have this massive win, Hossa had two, and we were like, 'The baby's going to be his hat trick.'”
A short time later, with her husband, Charles, by her side, Lebano gave birth to a son, Owen Michael Lebano, who checked in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces and 19.5 inches long.
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