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.”


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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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