NYC's Baby New Year delivered by same doc that delivered dad

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Monday, January 1, 2024
Families welcome New Year bundles of joy in NYC
Chantee Lans has the story.

FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- It's a boy! New York City's Baby New Year was born at the stroke of midnight in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

The baby boy, who has yet to be named, came into the world at NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health.

The newborn boy weighs 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measures 21 inches.

He was born to his mother and Rafael Abitbul. The baby boy is the Flatbush couple's first child.

This is the fifth first baby of the New Year in a row for the hospital.

The father of the baby was born at the same hospital, formerly named NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, 23 years ago.

Amazingly, the same doctor who delivered him also delivered his new son!

Meanwhile in Queens, Jahsial Novoa was not the first newborn to ring in the new year, but he was pretty close.

At 6 pounds and 1.4 ounces, Novoa was born at 12:08 a.m. at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

His father Freddy Cortez, and mother Merleene Novoa, are proud parents.

"We're blessed, happy," Novoa said.

"I am so so excited. We are excited. We are so excited," Cortez said.

But Jahsial's older brother, 9-year-old Axel Novoa, might have them beat.

"I feel just happy because I always wanted a little brother," he said.

(Information provided by NYC Health + Hospitals)

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