NYC’s first baby of 2022 born at midnight in Brooklyn hospital


Leyla Gessel Tzunun Garcia was born at exactly 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day (NYC Health + Hospitals)

BROOKLYN – A baby girl born as the clock struck 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day became New York City’s public health system’s first baby of 2022.

Leyla Gessel Tzunun Garcia was born at exactly 12 a.m. NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, according to the city’s public health system.

Leyla, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 6.3 oz and measured at 19.5 inches, was born to parents Irma Garcia and German Tzunun of Brooklyn.

She is their first child.

New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams welcomed Leyla in a tweet. “When we talked about fighting for a brighter future, we’re talking about our newest and littlest New Yorkers like you. Happy birthday!”

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island also welcomed the city’s first baby of the year in 2020 and 2021.

New York City’s public health care system delivers about 16,000 babies annually, with 1,120 at H+H/Coney Island.

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