First baby born on Galveston since Ike hit

October 13, 2008 11:00:54 AM PDT
A baby's been born on Galveston for the first time since Hurricane Ike slammed into the island community. ROAD TO RECOVERY: How you can help | Person locator | Important phone numbers | Assistance from FEMA | Filing a claim

Jennifer Ramirez-Hernandez was born Monday, which is the one-month anniversary of Ike making landfall near Galveston. She was born at the University of Texas Medical Branch, which while still officially closed has opened up its 16-bed maternity unit to care for high-risk pregnancies.

The nursing staff at the special maternity unit has prepared special certificates to note that Jennifer, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and other babies are among the first born on Galveston since Ike hit.

The storm slammed into the Texas Coast on Sept. 13 with a strong surge and winds of 110 mph, killing at least 37 people in Texas.

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