On Friday, Our Lady of Lourdes Women's & Children's Hospital in Lafayette announced the first baby born at the hospital in 2021.
The baby boy, Jesus Guadalupe Lozano, was born at 9:53 a.m. making him the first baby born at Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital in the new year.
He is the fourth child of Nora Gonzales and Jose Luis Lozano of Carencro.
At 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches, Jesus was “perfect,” Nora said. “We knew there was the chance he could be the first baby of 2021. We are excited because God blessed us with a beautiful son and good health for our family.”
According to the hospital, Nora said that carrying a child during a global pandemic was challenging at times. She was limited on where she could go outside the home and the couple let few people visit to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
“Even though the pandemic is not over, our child is here with us, safe and well,” said Jose, a construction worker, who explained Jesus bears the name of his two grandfathers. “Seeing his face for the first time is not something you can explain with words. We just started crying.”
Their Catholic faith provided encouragement, strength and hope to the couple along the journey to Jesus’ birth day, the hospital says.
“Even though things are tough all around, we believe in God and trust good things will come,” Nora said. “His life will be filled with endless opportunity and possibility.”
Opelousas General Health welcomed their New Year's baby who was born just few hours ahead of Jesus at 7:00 a.m. Read more here.
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