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New Year's Birth Brings Family Together At Norwalk Hospital

The family gathers Thursday for the birth of Ella Natasha Amaya-Rodriguez, the first baby born in the New Year at Norwalk Hospital.
The family gathers Thursday for the birth of Ella Natasha Amaya-Rodriguez, the first baby born in the New Year at Norwalk Hospital. Photo Credit: Norwalk Hospital

NORWALK, Conn. -- At 3:32 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Ella Natasha Amaya-Rodriguez came into the world. Weighing in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces, she is Norwalk Hospital’s first baby of 2015.

For Dimas Amaya, Ella’s father, the New Year’s birth was more than just an addition to his family, it was the reunion of one.

Amaya, who speaks mostly Spanish, told his story with the help of a nurse on Thursday afternoon.

A South American immigrant, Amaya left his home country for America in 2000, just 22 days before Ella’s mother, Nora Rodriguez, had the couple’s first daughter, Dawn Amaya-Rodriguez.

Rodriguez followed Amaya about 10 years later without her daughter, Dawn. But Amaya kept in touch with Dawn, who stayed in Honduras with family, through daily phone calls.

Seven months ago, Dawn followed her parents, and Amaya met his 14-year-old daughter for the first time.

On New Year’s Day, the family spent their first holiday together, in the maternity ward of Norwalk Hospital.

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