First babies of 2022: Families ring in the new year welcoming new bundles of joy

RALEIGH, N.C (WTVD) -- The first baby born at the new UNC Rex Holly Springs Hospital in 2022 arrived at 12:12 a.m.

Kairi Afik (kai-ree ahh-feek) weighed in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

Kairi's parents are Shifra and Gal Afik of Holly Springs. They are excited their first child decided to arrive about a week early.

"It will be easy to remember her birthday. It's a great way to start the new year," said Shifra Afik, mother.

UNC Rex in Raleigh welcomed its first baby, Greyson Higgins, born at 12:20 a.m.

Greyson weighed in at 9 pounds and 2 ounces. His parents are Tom and Jamie Higgins of Raleigh.

Over at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, the first baby was Amiri Snuggs (pronounced AH-MEER-REE) born at 3:23 a.m.

Amiri was born at 7 pounds and 4.8 ounces. Her mother is Alison McNeil of Asheboro, N.C.

"We're happy she's here," said McNeil.

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The first baby born in 2022 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center arrived just 6 minutes after the stroke of midnight.


The first baby born in 2022 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center arrived just 6 minutes after the stroke of midnight.

Jase Benjamin Luis Navarro arrived at 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21 inches long. His parents are Jash Navarro and Jordan Curtis of Sanford.
The family received a gift basket and donations from downtown Fayetteville businesses.
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