City’s first baby of the year born in Elmhurst Hospital

City’s first baby of the year born in Elmhurst Hospital
By Bill Parry

For the second year in a row, the first baby to be born in New York City in the new year was delivered at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Tenzin Choetso, a girl, was born at one second after midnight on New Year’s Day to a Tibetan-born couple from Woodside.

The child’s mother is Metok Dolma, 31, is a small business owner and her fiancé Choegyal Dorjee, also 31 years old. The child weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. And a spokeswoman for the hospital said mother and baby were doing well.

Baby Tenzin has another distinction as well. Her name was suggested by the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s religious leader in exile. The couple had reached out to the Dalai Lama’s secretary and asked for a recommendation for good luck. The couple also did the same for their first daughter and the Dalai Lama suggested Tenzin Choezey.

The Dalai Lama suggests Tenzin often because it means “to conquer the wisdom of Buddha” in Tibetan.

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