Couple's visit to Bass Pro Shops interrupted by baby's delivery

Thursday, December 16, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Canadian couple came to the Ozarks to shop at Bass Pro Shops, but they got a 6-pound, 3-ounce baby girl instead of hunting and fishing equipment.

When Roger and Theresa Giesbrecht arrived in Springfield more than six weeks ago, they believed they had plenty of time to see the popular sporting goods retailer's headquarters, visit with relatives and get back home to Manitoba before her Jan. 9 due date.

They were on their way to the Springfield store on Nov. 1 when Theresa Giesbrecht's water broke. It was too soon for her to deliver, so she spent the next month and a half in bed at St. John's Hospital, a few blocks from the store.

"I've been to Bass Pro many times now, but she has not," Roger Giesbrecht said Wednesday as he rested his hand on his wife's shoulder.

Dr. Scott Magill delivered their daughter, Tessa, on Tuesday without complication.

Bass Pro Shops employees planned to arrange housing for the family after Theresa Giesbrecht is released Friday from the hospital. Magill believes she and the baby should be able to fly home after their checkup on Monday. Bass Pro plans to pay their airfare home.

Several others, including the city officials and the convention and visitors bureau, also planned to help ensure the three have a comfortable stay.

As for Theresa Giesbrecht, she will receive a shopping spree at Bass Pro before leaving the United States, the retailer said.

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