Guam baby boy is the first U.S. Citizen born in 2019
Hagåtña, GUAM — The first American baby born in 2019 was delivered in a hospital in Guam, a U.S. Pacific island territory.
The child, named Malakai, was born 19 minutes past midnight on New Year’s Day, reported the Guam Daily Post.
According to the report, the baby weighed in at 6.6 pounds and is 17.9 inches.
Dr. Tom Shieh said he delivered the baby at Guam Memorial Hospital, adding that the mother and child are fine.
The Guam Daily Post noted that Malakai is the first baby born in the United States in 2019.
Malakai is the third child of Desirae and Kyle Mafnas and was described as a healthy baby who had been “eating all morning,” said his mother, reported the Pacific Daily News.
The parents told the Guam Post that Malakai is a blessing as Desirae had a miscarriage before he was conceived.
“We had a miscarriage right before Malakai was conceived. His name stands for ‘godsend,” Kyle told the publication. “I came in at 11 a.m. and then didn’t give birth until 12:19 a.m. It was the whole day,” Desirae added.
“I am just very happy that my wife and the baby are healthy and happy. That’s all that matters,” said Kyle Mafnas, who works as a firefighter.
Malakai was asleep during the presentation of his gifts, which were valued at $6,600, the report said.
“It’s a healthy handsome BOY! Welcome our first baby of the New Year! His name is Malakai. He will lead us into 2019. Congratulations mommy Desirae Mafnas & Family,” Shieh said.