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Meet the first babies born in 2022 at Kishwaukee, Valley West hospitals

Northwestern Medicine announces first babies of new year at DeKalb, Sandwich hospitals

It’s a new year, and two local families are celebrating the birth of new life, as Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Valley West hospitals welcomed the first babies of 2022.

Christian Ransom was born to mom Tekolia Bates at 7:58. a.m. Jan. 3 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, weighing 8 pounds, 3.9 ounces, and measuring 20.87 inches long.

In Sandwich, Ellie Jeanne Winninger was welcomed by parents Nicole Farbo and Patrick Winninger of Yorkville at 9:36 a.m. Jan. 3 at Valley West hospital, weighing 8 pounds and measuring 20.5 inches long.

The baby news comes through Northwestern Medicine spokesperson Desiree Battaglia.