P.E.I. couple's troubled pregnancy ends well with healthy boy

Ryan Ross
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New mom Becky MacArthur holds her baby Korbyn, who was delivered a few weeks early in Summerside last month.

An Island couple that had prepared for the worst got the happy news they were hoping for when their baby was born healthy a few days before Christmas.

In October, Becky and Glenn MacArthur were facing the possibility of having to decide if they would end her pregnancy because of concerns their baby’s brain wasn’t developing properly.

Instead, their son

Korbyn was born in Summerside on Dec. 17 and went home with his family less than a week later.

Glenn said Korbyn sleeps a lot and is a little small at five pounds six ounces, but is otherwise doing fine.

“Other than being small he’s happy and he’s healthy and he’s moving around.”

Becky and Glenn had to go to Halifax in November after she had problems with the pregnancy, including tests done in Summerside that showed Korbyn’s head and belly might not have been growing as much as they were supposed to.

High blood pressure also meant Becky had to travel from Abram-Village to Summerside every week for monitoring and the couple faced financial stress from the mounting costs.

Those financial issues were alleviated somewhat thanks to strangers who raised about $200 for the MacArthurs and gave them bridge passes to get to


Glenn said the couple was relieved when they went to Halifax and got the good news that Korbyn’s brain development was fine.

“They were just kind of wondering why we were there, to be honest.”

When it came time for Becky to give birth in Summerside it was scheduled for a few weeks early, although Glenn said the couple arrived at the hospital a bit late because the power flickered and their alarm didn’t go off.

“Other than that everything was normal,” he said.

Geographic location: Summerside, Halifax, P.E.I. Iceland Abram-Village

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Recent comments

  • Stacey
    January 04, 2014 - 16:43

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son :)

  • Islander
    January 04, 2014 - 11:36

    "Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy"" what a wonderful Christmas present. Such a cute little Santa he makes in picture.

  • Helen
    January 04, 2014 - 11:32

    So happy your baby boy is healthy and everyone is doing well. He is truly a little Christmas Miracle!