'BEST THING EVER': 20 years on, Layla meets her hero
ALMOST 20 years ago to the day, then Detective Senior Constable Tony Weir was driving from Yamba back to Maclean Police Station when headlights flashed in from of him.
He pulled over and found a husband and wife rushing to get to the hospital.
Their baby was on the way, and wouldn't wait.
Just past the Oyster Channel Bridge, Layla Oxborrow was born into Det Snr Cst Weir's arms safe and sound.
"It was something special," Mr Weir said. "It's not something that happened again … I was in the force for 25 years."
Cut to the present day, and as Ms Oxborrow got ready for her 20th birthday, she received a clipping of The Daily Examiner with the story of her birth. As a surprise her partner Simon Bartlett decided to see if he could reunite Ms Oxborrow with the first person she saw at her birth.
"I don't think she had her eyes open actually," Mr Weir laughed.
A few phone calls to NSW Police, and with the news Mr Weir still lived locally, they reunited at the Brushgrove Hotel on Saturday.
"(NSW Police) asked me if I remembered, and I said, of course, I remembered," Mr Weir laughed.
"It's great to see her now … she's all grown up and got her own life."
For Ms Oxborrow, it was an experience she's long waited for, crying when told about the reunion.
"It's been lovely," she said. "I always said to my mum I wanted to meet the guy who delivered me because it's a story I've heard a million times.
"To meet him is amazing. If he wasn't there, I don't know what could have happened."
The pair swapped stories and caught up over lunch, and Ms Oxborrow said it was another chapter in the story she'd be able to tell her children.
"Hopefully they're not in as much of a rush as I am," she laughed.
"This has been one of the best things ever."