Turning 11-years-old is exciting for any birthday girl or boy – but for Daniel Saunders, it’s extra special.
The schoolboy from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, will be turning 11-years-old today, on 11 November.
Not only that, but he was born at exactly 11:11am.
And now, after 11 years of waiting, he finally gets to mark his special birthday – on which he’ll receive 11 presents from mum, Charlotte, and dad, Jason.
Pictured (L-R) Dad Jason, Daniel Saunder, sister Grace and mother Charlotte. A boy born at 11:11am on November 11 in 2011 is turning – 11. See SWNS story SWTPeleven. Daniel Saunders, from Bishop Stortford, Herts., is celebrating his birthday today. The schoolboy has been closely tied to the number 11 since he was born. And he now gets to mark a special birthday – on which he’ll receive 11 presents. Daniel said:
(L-R) Dad, Jason, Daniel, sister, Grace and mum, Charlotte, will all be celebrating today (Picture: Charlotte Saunders / SWNS)
Daniel said: ‘I’ve been looking forward to this birthday a lot. It’s more exciting than any other birthday has ever been.
‘Eleven is a master number in numerology and it means I have good potential in the future.
‘It’s my lucky number and it’s easy to remember. Nobody ever forgets my birthday!’
Daniel was due to be born on November 17 in 2011. But a week before, Charlotte was told her son was in an awkward position.
Doctors attempted to move him, but when that failed, Charlotte, now 41, was booked in for a C-section on November 11.
Daniel’s birth was scheduled for early in the morning but was delayed on the day due to the fact that he was positioned under Charlotte’s ribs – making it difficult for the surgeons to get him out.
Pictured Daniel Saunders taken this morning on his birthday. A boy born at 11:11am on November 11 in 2011 is turning – 11. See SWNS story SWTPeleven. Daniel Saunders, from Bishop Stortford, Herts., is celebrating his birthday today. The schoolboy has been closely tied to the number 11 since he was born. And he now gets to mark a special birthday – on which he’ll receive 11 presents. Daniel said:
Daniel said he’s been looking forward to this special birthday (Picture: Charlotte Saunders / SWNS)
Charlotte said: ‘It’s amazing that he was born with all those 11s. It’s been my lucky number since I was a young child. It’s very special to share that with him.’
Dad, Jason, 42, adds: ‘There was no way on this earth we thought it would be possible for him to be born at 11:11 on 11/11 in 2011.
‘The doctor said there was no chance he would be born at 11:11, but I think he was clinging on to his mum’s rib cage.’
And Charlotte says they family don’t forget that Daniel was born on a poignant day in history.
She adds: ‘It does make Remembrance Day more special. You think back to the war and all those relatives that were lost, so you have an extra moment.’
Daniel still has the poppy that was placed with him the day he was born at Addenbrookes Hospital.
Jason, who runs a grounds maintenance firm, said of the birth date: It’s brilliant. A real day to remember.