Elton John's special gift to 'Tiny Dancer' baby
ELTON John has spent half a century finding fame, yet a newborn baby in Coffs Harbour has taken just days to steal the limelight.
The 'Tiny Dancer baby' as he has come to be known made his presence felt, as the 72-year-old musical icon performed the hit song at his opening Coffs Harbour concert.
Proud parents Mary Wunderlich and Brendan McGregor were enjoying the show on Tuesday night, when her little newborn boy cued the perfect moment to start to enter the world.
"It was exactly halfway through the song Tiny Dancer, three or four songs in, we were bouncing around and Mary had this look on her face," dad Brendan said.
"We didn't know what to do, we walked through the crowd and up to the St John Ambulance crews.
"It was confirmed Mary's water had broken, we were thrown into an ambulance and rushed over to the hospital.
"The contractions started and our little fella was born on 6.30am on Wednesday.
Brendan said mum and bub are still in hospital after the little boy, who is yet to be named, arrived six weeks prematurely.
"He came earlier than we expected. Yeah mum is doing fine and we are just watching the bub," he said.
"He is my second child, a little brother for Levi, who's 13 and our first child together.
News of the birth has spread quickly with Elton referencing the birth of the baby boy at his concert the following night.
"Last night (Tuesday) someone nearly gave birth at the show during Tiny Dancer," Elton told the crowd during a concert in Coffs Harbour.
"They were rushed to hospital and she had a beautiful little boy so that's what we do to people.
"So if any of you are pregnant tonight watch out."
Elton's promotions team also made a special delivery to the Coffs Harbour Hospital Maternity Ward on Wednesday of a huge teddy bear, a big bunch of flowers and merchandise from the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
"Our beautiful baby boy who was born at Coffs Harbour Health Campus is doing very well and our family is so grateful to everyone who was involved in bringing him into the world," Mary said in a statement.
"All of the midwives and doctors at the hospital have been fantastic and are caring for us so wonderfully well.
"We would particularly like to thank everyone at the venue who helped us, from the production crew and medical team to the St John Ambulance volunteers.
"We would also like to thank Sir Elton John for his kind wishes and shout-out at the second concert. I absolutely loved the first 40 minutes of his show!"
As for his name Brendan said he and Mary were still discussing it.
"A lot of people have suggested we call him, Elton, EJ or Reggie, but we don't know yet, I like the name Bam, but Mary and I are still talking it over," Brendan said.
"He has been called the Tiny Dancer baby around the hospital by the midwives.
"His middle names are set in stone, honouring our grandparents, but we'll just wait and see what we call him.
"It's been amazing since Elton mentioned him at the concert, my phone did blow up, I had hundreds of calls and texts, it's been amazing.
As one Advocate reader remarked: "How wonderful life is now you're in the world, little man."