First local baby of 2022 arrives at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1 at Beaumont in Royal Oak

Samirah Nura Ahmed arrived at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the first baby of 2022 born at the Beaumont Health System — and maybe even the first born in the entire state.

A week past her Dec. 25 due date, Samirah, who was born at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long. Her happy father, Didar Ahmed, 34, considers her a blessing and a sign that good things are to come this year.

“2021 was such a challenging and difficult year,” Ahmed said. It included car problems, job loss (and a search for new employment that isn’t going well), friends and distant relatives dead from COVID-19 and a trip to see the family ofhis wife, Khatune Papia, in Bangladesh that was complicated by worries about the virus and flight cancellations.

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