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New Bern baby born 40 minutes into New Year

K’Lani Myluv Kearney was born to Destinee Morris after a nine months that was even more stressful than usual.
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 1:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 4:54 PM EST
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - One of the first babies born in our state this new year happened right here in Eastern Carolina.

K’Lani Kearney came into this world at 12:40 a.m. at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

She weighed six pounds, 12 ounces.

It’s Morris’ first child. The New Bern woman got pregnant right at the beginning of the pandemic.

“I didn’t think COVID was going to be this bad,” said Morris. “I now have a newborn. And I actually have to be careful about who she’s around and making sure they’re clean and she doesn’t catch it. She’s so little, and she’s going to get it differently.”

Her family was hoping for a New Year’s Day baby.

Both mom and her new daughter are healthy.

“Either way, I was still grateful for having her whenever, but the first made it more exciting,” said Morris.

The honor came with a gift basket and a $500 Visa gift card from CarolinaEast.

About ten minutes after the birth of K’Lani, another first baby was born at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

Malakai Price weighed six pounds, 15.5 ounces. He is the first child of Cpl. Precious Price and Lance Cpl. Cameron Price; both who are stationed at Camp Lejeune.

This baby was the first born in 2021 at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.
This baby was the first born in 2021 at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.(Camp Lejeune)

Several hours later, the world said hello to Silas Alexander, who was the first New Year’s baby born at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.

Silas was born at 7:54 a.m. and weighed seven pounds, three ounces.

Silas was the first baby born in 2021 at Carteret Health Care.
Silas was the first baby born in 2021 at Carteret Health Care.(Carteret Health Care)

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