Jaime and i met at school when we were 12, got together two years later and have now been married for 17 years. We run a tattoo studio in Curitiba, Brazil, are rock and metal fans and have worked for many musicians.
After becoming parents to our daughter Letícia, it was more difficult for us to get to concerts. But when Metallica announced they were coming to Brazil in 2020, we didn’t hesitate to get tickets. It would be a dream to see Metallica live – Jaime’s late father used to listen to them all the time.
Due to the pandemic, the concert has been postponed to May 2022. We found out I was pregnant again and I was like, “Oh my god, I’ll be 39 weeks pregnant at Metallica.” I thought I had to check in my ticket, but then I heard there was one at the stadium there would be a special area for pregnant women.
A few days before the show we asked the doctor for advice. He said, “You’re feeling good, you’re going to sit – it should be good.” He advised me to rest a bit and not get too hard at the concert – no moshing.
When we got to the stadium I felt good. I thought, “I’m fine, Metallica is coming soon – I’m living the dream.” I actually started crying because I felt so lucky to be there; After the pandemic, it felt special. But as soon as the band came on stage, I started to feel contractions.
I had been in labor for 36 hours when I had Letícia, so I thought, ‘It’s okay, I can handle it. I can at least see the first half of the show.” I tried to hold on for a bit and thought, “I have to see Metallica.”
They played my favorite song, Whiskey in the Jar. But then, in the second half, the contractions got a lot stronger. Jaime kept looking at me with concern; he could see that I was suffering. We called the security people to us. Jaime told them I was in labor and they couldn’t believe it. They said, ‘Oh my God. A baby coming?”
Then everything went crazy: they ran around, trying to prepare. They took us to the medical clinic next to the stage. It only lasted about four minutes, but it felt like an eternity. Metallica were still playing.
When we got to the clinic – where there was an ambulance and a medical kit – my water broke. Security initially called an ambulance, but the baby arrived in about 10 or 15 minutes. He was born when Metallica played the last song of their encore Enter Sandman.
But the baby didn’t cry and it was purple. Everyone was silent. Jaime began to pray. The doctor cut his umbilical cord and eventually he started crying just as Metallica was finishing their set. Fireworks started blaring from the stage and the crowd cheered. Everyone started crying. It was a magical moment.
We had to be escorted to the ambulance as tens of thousands of people left the stadium. When they saw us, they realized that a baby had been born at the show. Everyone started clapping and congratulating us on “the Metallica baby.”
I thought it would be a fun story to tell my friends and clients, but it ended up getting international news. It started with the local newspaper, then we were on TV in Brazil. Reporters came to the hospital.
We found out that Metallica’s team had tried to reach us on Instagram. They asked if we would take a call from the band. “Of course,” we said.
Jaime put his phone on speakerphone and we heard, “Hi, this is James [Hetfield] from Metallica.” I couldn’t believe it. I said, “Seriously? It must be a joke. That can’t be true.” James was so nice. He asked if I was okay, if the baby was healthy. We told him the whole story. He has three children and he said the second will come quicker than the first and the third quickest because they know the way out. We laughed.
We had already chosen the name Luan for the baby. But people started asking, “Why not something Metallica-related?” We felt so connected to James on the phone that we decided to give Luan’s middle name James — it just felt right. Now he can’t listen to any music except metal. He’s a baby headbanger – his grandfather would have been proud.
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