The Newsroom    Published Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, 3:26 PM
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First baby born on Galveston Island post-Ike delivered

Texas City couple are proud parents

GALVESTON, Texas - The first baby born on Galveston Island since Hurricane Ike hit on Sept. 13 was delivered today at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

The first BOI (Born on the Island) is Jennifer Ramirez-Hernandez, who was born at 8:46 a.m. at John Sealy Hospital at UTMB.   Maria Hernandez, the baby's mother, and Florencio Hernandez, the father, are from Texas City.

Baby Jennifer, with a full head of dark black hair, weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and is the couple's third child.

"I am so happy that my baby is safe and sound," said Maria.  "I'm glad that I was able to come here to have my baby."

Today was the first day that UTMB started delivering babies since the storm hit. 

The nursing staff for the special maternity unit came together to buy a onesie for Baby Jennifer with a burnt orange Texas Longhorn logo on the front and "BOI" on the back.

The staff also has prepared certificates to note that Jennifer and other babies are among the first born on Galveston after Ike.   Jennifer's certificate is below.

While UTMB remains officially closed, the 16-bed maternity unit opened today to care for high-risk pregnancies.




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