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First baby of 2017 born at Tift Regional
01/03/2017

Courtesy of Eve Guevara/The Tifton Gazette

Ella Hazel Pafford was the first baby of the new year born at Tift Regional Medical Center. Parents Jessy and Austin Pafford welcomed Ella at 7:15 a.m. Jan 1.  Originally due in February, Ella weighed four pounds, 5.7 ounces and measured 17 inches long.  Ella is the latest in the family to be a new year’s baby. One great-grandfather and one great grandmother were also born on Jan. 1.

Big sister Jolie, age 3, was very excited to meet her new sister.  Jolie said, even though her first choice of a name for the new baby, Flower, was passed over, she is looking forward to playing doctor with Ella and showing her their donkey, Jenny, once they get home.