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Couple travelled nearly 25 km on New Year’s Eve just so they could have baby at East York’s MGH

Eli Gililov & Dalya Binyanin with baby Adele at MGH

Eli Gililov & Dalya Binyanin with baby Adele at MGH -SHELLEY DARLING for MGH.

\ By Andrea Freedman \

Although they live close to Thornhill, when North York residents Eli Gililov and Dalya Binyamin were expecting their first baby they knew that when the big day arrived their child would be born at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital) on Coxwell Avenue in East York.

After a trek from their home near Steeles and Dufferin avenues, their baby girl Adele, originally scheduled to arrive on January 2, was born at MGH at 12:04 a.m. on January 1, 2017, becoming East York’s first official birth of the new year.

The reason the couple chose to travel nearly 25 kilometers from one end of the city to the other was gynaecologist/obstetrician Dr. Yoav Brill, who cared for Dalya throughout her pregnancy and ultimately delivered Adele.

He had come highly recommended to them and as Dr. Brill works out

Dr. Yoav Brill -MGH.COM

Dr. Yoav Brill -MGH.COM

of MGH, there was no question of where their baby would be born.

The new parents told East York Chronicle they are happy with their decision to travel so many miles from home to the East York hospital. From start to finish, Dr. Brill and his staff took good care of them and made them feel comfortable, they said.

“Everyone was really friendly and really understanding,” through the more than 12 hours they were at the hospital, Eli said.

Eli, who works as a realtor, and Dalya, who formerly worked as a waitress, got together in Israel about five years ago when his family travelled there for his younger brother’s Bar Mitzvah.  Dalya was a family friend whom Eli barely remembered knowing back when they were both about seven or eight years old.

They reconnected at the Bar Mitzvah and began a long-distance relationship after Eli came back home to Toronto. Six months into things, Dalya came to Toronto to visit Eli and he “gave her something to take back home with her” —an engagement ring. They were married six months later.

They don’t know exactly where the future will take their family, but since they are pretty happy in the neighborhood in which they currently live, they will most likely stay in that area for the immediate future and have found a pediatrician closer to home.

That being said, they would not rule out trekking back to Dr. Brill and Michael Garron Hospital when the time comes for their second child to be born, they say.

For now, they are settling into their new routine as parents and “trying to get some sleep whenever we can.”

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