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.