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Matthew Wright shares first picture of daughter Cassady and reveals he almost missed the birth after getting stuck in traffic

MATTHEW Wright has revealed that he almost missed the birth of his daughter, Cassady, after getting stuck in traffic due to a taxi drivers' strike.

The 53-year-old TV presenter confessed that he was "having kittens" as he rushed to get to the hospital while wife Amelia was in labour.

The couple were thrilled to welcome their first child last month after trying for eight years.

Matthew and Amelia suffered six failed IVF attempts and one life-threatening ectopic pregnancy before bringing baby Cassady into the world.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Matthew said that he had no idea that Amelia was about to give birth until he received a text from her after coming off air from his radio show.

He said: "There was a taxi drivers' strike, every road we went on was stuck and there was no more communication from her.

"It took one hour 15 minutes to get from my offices in Waterloo to the hospital in Hammersmith, usually it would be 40 minutes, and I was having kittens."

Amelia added to the publication: "My blood pressure suddenly went sky high and they said, 'This is dangerous, it has to happen now'.

"They said they would try and wait for Matthew to get there but otherwise they were going to have to start.

"He needed to get there no later than when he did, or he would have missed it."

Cassady was born on 25 January, almost four weeks early and weighing just over 5lbs.

Cheekily, Matthew went on to confess that he normally finds babies "ugly", but he is absolutely besotted with his little girl.

He said: "I can't get over how good she is and how gorgeous she is.

"I generally think babies are ugly things but it just happens that mine is the supermodel of the baby world."

Soon-to-be dad Matthew Wright admits he wishes he was fifteen years younger for his daughter

Matthew previously opened up about the inspiration behind Cassady's unique name, sharing: "It has nothing to do with David Cassidy.

"Neal Cassady is the inspiration, otherwise known as Dean Moriarty.

"If you're a fan of Jack Kerouac's famous beat novel On the Road, Neil Cassady is the anti-hero, he's the loser that everybody loves.

"It's an Irish name, Irish descent with the 'a', means curly hair - which Amelia, underneath her straightened hair, beats a curly vixen."

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