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    New Year Babies Make Celebrations Sweeter For Grateful Parents

    KUALA LUMPUR: The 2016 New Year's celebration was certainly more cheerful and meaningful for couples who welcomed a new member to their family, especially those who became mothers and fathers for the first time.

    New Year Babies
    Total of 17 babies comprising 10 boys and seven girls were born at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) as of 3.45 pm on 1 Januari 2016.
    Checks carried out by Bernama at several hospitals around the country found that those blessed with a child on this day were truly enamoured, even sharing their joy with hospital staff.

    In Kuala Lumpur, a total of 17 babies comprising 10 boys and seven girls were born at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) as of 3.45 pm today.

    The first baby of the new year at HKL was born at at 3.41 am, weighing 3.1kg.

    It was a five-year wait for couple Surina Aziz, 32, and Saiful Rizam Yahya, 33 to have a baby girl, after having two sons prior to this.

    "My two previous children turned out to be boys, so from the beginning I never scanned to know the gender this time in fear and hope, and the delivery was scheduled to be on Jan 8," she told reporters here.

    In PUTRAJAYA, 10 babies were born at Hospital Putrajaya as at noon today, comprising seven boys and three girls.

    Young mother Nadiah Mulbi, 25, did not expect to cradle her first child at the stroke of midnight of the new year, when she came in for her eigth-month pregnancy check-up at the hospital yesterday.

    "During the examination, the doctor found that my amniotic fluid was reduced and I was expriencing 'contraction'. So the doctor decided for me to have a caesarean section immediately," the housewife told reporters at the maternity ward of the hopsital here today.

    The 2.5kg-baby boy who is set to be named Muhammad Qaisar Izzrayyan Muhammad Fairuz, was scheduled to be born on Feb 3.

    In KEDAH, Nikki Racil, 15, was among 10 mothers who gave birth to their babies at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah (HSB) here, early today.

    Nikki, a housewife from Sungai Tiang, Pendang was the first to give birth at the hospital - to a baby boy weighing 2.9kg, at 12.27 am.

    "I'm grateful to have safely delivered my first child, and I am now waiting for my husband Narong Rid Prasit, 17, before choosing an appropriate name for our child," said Nikki, who got married in 2014.

    HSB director Dr Zorina Khalid said as of 7.25 am, 10 babies comprising seven boys and three girls had been born at the hospital.

    In BUTTERWORTH, the dream of a young mother to see her child born on the first day of the new year came true, after she constantly 'spoke to and asked' the baby to be born on the day.

    "Everyday, I 'spoke' to the baby to come out on Jan 1. I am happy that my baby was born at exactly 11 am today. I am very happy," said Ooi Ean Ching, 23, who gave birth to a baby girl weighing 2.7kg at the Bagan Specialist Hospital, here.

    In SELANGOR, eight new year-babies, comprising four boys and four girls were born as at 11 am at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang.

    In PAHANG, the State Health Department director Datuk Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said a total of 28 babies were born at government hospitals in the state as at 10am today.

    In SEREMBAN, five girls and three boys were born as at 8.47 this morning at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar.

    In MELAKA, 24 babies - 13 of them male - were born at Melaka Hospital here as at 12 pm, according to its director Datuk Dr Za'aba Baba.

    In KOTA BAHARU, a total of 22 babies were born at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II as of 4 pm today, said its public relations officer, Zaid Ahmad.

    In PERAK, 14 babies were born at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh as of 11.37 am today, according to its public relations officer, Normah Mohd Tahir. -- BERNAMA

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