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UK Chandler Hospital welcomes 1st Lexington baby of the new year

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Mom Zamiri Abemba and baby Jetrude smiling in the hosptial

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 1, 2023) — A Lexington family is celebrating the new year with a new baby.

The first baby born at a Lexington hospital in 2023 came into the world at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital at 4:50 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Jetrude Abemba weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces and was 18.25 inches long.

Mom Zamiri was surprised her baby girl would be the first of 2023.

UK HealthCare presented the family with a special gift basket to celebrate Jetrude's birth.

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