Meet Eliza, the first newborn (we think) in Tampa Bay in 2019

St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa welcomed its first baby of the year — and maybe in all the bay area — just after midnight Tuesday.
Published January 1
Updated January 1

TAMPA — Eliza Kate Donoghue was the first baby of 2019 born at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital on Tuesday. She arrived just 21 minutes after the ball dropped in Times Square.

She may also be the first baby of the new year born in the Tampa Bay area.

Eliza is the first child for parents Brendan and Laura Donoghue. She measured 20 inches long and weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces, said hospital spokeswoman Beverly Littlejohn.

The new parents declined to comment. Littlejohn said Donoghue appears to be the first baby born in the region in the new year.

Chris Abdelmasih was the first baby of the new year born at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor. Chris arrived two weeks early when he was born at 2:18 a.m. to parents Martina Basta and George Abdelmasih, according to the hospital. The family declined to comment.