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One family plays the five generations game
10:30am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
IT was a moment that new parents Sean Adams and Shelley Austen feared might never happen.
But last week 100-year-old Doris Kitchen was able to hold their daughter and her great, great- granddaughter Myla Marie Adams – the fifth living generation of her family – in her arms for the first time.
Myla was born five weeks premature at just 4lbs 14ozs and was admitted to John Radcliffe Hospital’s special care baby unit for two days following concerns over her breathing.
Now a healthy baby girl – the couple’s first – Myla was finally allowed home last week.
Proud dad Mr Adams, 27, a retail manager from Bicester, said: “It was a horrible experience at the start because we weren’t allowed to touch her and hold her.”
He added: “The five generations thing is weird – not a lot of people get to experience that. It is great my great-nan got to meet Myla.
“She nearly jumped out of her seat when I showed Myla.
“She was so happy.”
Doris Kitchen, from Cowley, already has 11 great-grandchildren and four grandchildren. Her son, Roger Kitchen, 67, lives in Botley. Another son, Tony Kitchen, died aged 48, 27 years ago.
The centenarian – who is believed to be the oldest member of the Salvation Army in Oxford and who used to work at Bennett and Sons Laundry in St Ebbe’s – said: “Myla is really lovely. She has got a lovely family. I am lucky to have them all with me.”
Mrs Kitchen’s husband Tom, who worked as a printer in Oxford, died aged 76 on August 4, 1988.
Myla was born 25 years later to the day her great-great grandfather passed away.
Myla’s grandmother and Mr Adams’ mother, Linda Adams, from Bicester, said: “It is absolutely wonderful.
“My daughter-in-law Shelley’s waters broke on my 50th birthday party on Saturday, August 3, which we cancelled.
“Now Myla is home I am having a belated 50th birthday and welcome Myla party on Friday.”
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