Independence Day baby Anais Perez with (L-R) Alisha Perez, Hon. PM Harris, Jorge Perez, Hon. Wendy Phipps, and Nurse Danielle Christmas-Wiggins.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– Soon after the Independence Ceremonial Parade Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris joined Lime Kiln couple Alisha Perez and Jorge Perez at the Joseph N. France General Hospital to welcome Anais Perez, their bouncing baby girl, born on the nation’s 35th Independence Day.

Dr. Harris was accompanied by the Honourable Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health. They were escorted through the Maternity Ward by Nurse Manager, Danielle Christmas-Wiggins, to meet baby Perez, who was born at 5:07 a.m.

Dr. Harris congratulated the couple and expressed pleasure that the baby girl was born in good health.

“In this the great day of our nation, we expect great things to come from her so I congratulate the father and the mother and wish them well,” said Prime Minister Harris, as he presented the just few hours old baby to her father.

Dr. Harris said he presented the baby to the father to encourage the fathers of the nation to take an example from Mr. Perez and be present in the lives of their children from the start through the various stages of their development.

“I presented the young baby to the father because we have had too many absent fathers in the lives of our young children. Today he is taking a stand which we would like all fathers to do and follow his example to be involved in the lives and the developing and nurturing of our young people from the very start,” the Prime Minister said.