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New York Hospital Queens Marks Lunar New Year by Celebrating First Baby Born in the Year of the Snake

Sunday, February 10, 2013

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New York Hospital Queens Marks Lunar New Year by
Celebrating First Baby Born in the Year of the Snake

Flushing, N.Y., February 10, 2013 — New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) celebrated the Lunar New Year by welcoming the first baby born here in the Year of the Snake at 5:08 a.m. Baby girl Sophia, delivered by Eric Fok, M.D., attending physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYHQ, was born to proud parents Mei Mei Weng and Panfei Wang. 

“I had a feeling that I would have my baby on Lunar New Year's day. This is a big day for us and we're very excited," says mother, Mei Mei Weng. 

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many Asian cultures. The date of the Lunar New Year is determined by the moon's cycle and each year correlates with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Each animal holds a special meaning; the snake symbolizes grace and calmness.

A $250 gift card and a congratulatory basket of flowers from the hospital were among the first gifts received by the family.

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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Proud parents and big sister celebrate the Lunar New Year with the birth of baby Sophia.

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