Long Island’s first baby born in 2024 delivered at South Shore University Hospital


A first-time mother from Central Islip spent 10 hours in labor before delivering Long Island’s first baby just minutes midnight on Jan. 1 at South Shore University Hospital, hospital officials said.

Dora Lilian Mendez Henriquez and Rudy Reyes welcomed their healthy baby girl Kelsy Janel Reyes into the world at 12:10 a.m. at the Bay Shore facility, Northwell Health officials said.

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Rudy Reyes said the couple heard hospital staff outside the delivery room counting down to the new year. Minutes later — weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces — Kelsy was born.

Henriquez, 23, and Rudy, 33, are both originally from El Salvador. They live in Central Islip.

Top photo: Courtesy of Northwell Health

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