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By Madina Toure

New York Hospital Queens welcomed its first baby of the year nearly two hours after the new year began.

Parents Ting Gao and Zheng Wang produced a baby girl, Elena Wang, at 1:35 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The girl weighs 5 pounds and 14 ounces. The hospital gave the family a $250 gift card and a congratulatory basket of flowers.

“I was expecting a Christmas baby, but was surprised to have a New Year baby,” Gao, the baby’s mother, said in a statement released by the hospital.

Last year, the first baby of the year at NYHQ was a baby boy, who was born at 1:07 a.m.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour‌e@cng‌local.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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