‘Have you been in contact with Richard Wilkins?!’ How a nurse tried to stop Wippa from entering the birthing suite as his wife went into labour
Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli and wife Lisa welcomed their third child, a baby girl, earlier this week.
But the Nova host claims he was almost banned from witnessing the special experience amid coronavirus fears.
On Wednesday’s Fitzy And Wippa show, he said a nurse was hesitant to let him into the birthing suite with his wife after having contact with coronavirus positive TV host Richard Wilkins.
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‘Have you been in contact with Richard Wilkins?!’ How a nurse tried to stop Wippa (pictured) from entering the birthing suite as his wife went into labour
The couple, who have been in self-isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, also share sons Theodore, four, and Jack, three.
‘We’re about to wheel her into the surgery where all the doctors are waiting, and then this Irish nurse says, “Stop everything! There’s a note here (that says) I’ve got to ask this question: You’ve been in touch with Richard Wilkins. Who is Richard Wilkins and why is he important?”‘ he recalled.
Luckily for Wippa, he tested negative for COVID-19 last week after the entire Nova team underwent testing on March 15 as a precaution.
Richard, a Weekend Today star, had appeared on their show as a guest on Thursday, March 12 and soon after tested positive for COVID-19.
Thumbs up! The baby announcement comes after the entire Nova FM tested negative for coronavirus last week. Pictured: Michael broadcasting from home
Positive case: Richard, a Weekend Today star, had appeared on their show as a guest last Thursday and soon after tested positive for COVID-19. Pictured on March 24
Wippa later joked that while in the delivery room he unintentionally upset one of the operating doctors.
‘One guy was talking about how he’d booked his flight for the Olympics. He hadn’t got the news yet that the Olympics had been postponed
‘I said, “Oh, I think they’ve cancelled it mate.” He was holding forceps, he’s got tools in his hands… he stopped and went, “what do you mean? You’re breaking the news to me now?”‘
Baby joy: The couple, who have been in self-isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are now parents to a baby girl but they’re yet to decide on a name. Pictured: Lisa during her pregnancy
The couples’ baby news was announced on Fitzy & Wippa on Wednesday, and during the show Wippa confirmed their daughter was yet to be named.
Despite his son Jack claiming his little sister was going to be named Ruby, the radio host instead it wasn’t true.
‘It’s a point of … discussion,’ Wippa joked about not seeing eye-to-eye with his wife on a name.
Pandemic: In Australia, as of Wednesday March 25, there were 2,317 reported cases of coronavirus, including eight deaths