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Joyful Long Island family welcomes Greenwich Hospital newborn from afar in the age of COVID-19
written by Magaly Olivero
Every newborn at Greenwich Hospital receives a copy of the book On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. Myles Mackenzie Mangan – born at Greenwich Hospital on Wednesday in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – will be able to write a book of his own!
Baby Mangan was born at 8:49 am via cesarean section to parents Miranda and Nick Mangan, of White Plains, NY. The hospital’s no-visitor policy due to the community spread of the coronavirus meant family members couldn’t be present. But that didn’t prevent Miranda’s father, stepmother, stepsister and brother-in-law from driving one-and-a-half hours from Patchogue, NY to Greenwich Hospital to wish the couple good luck and await the birth of the baby.
The foursome stood on the sidewalk displaying a homemade sign “Welcome Baby Mangan” toward Miranda’s hospital window. The family members arrived at 8 am. News of Myles birth came less than an hour later via a text from Nick. Myles weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces.
“This isn’t exactly how I pictured it,” joked Jason Lustig, referring to the arrival of his first grandchild. “Mom is doing well in recovery. That’s all we wanted to hear.”
It’s the first child for the Mangan couple, who are both physical education teachers. She works for the Lakeland public school system; he’s in the Mamaroneck public school system.
Miranda has been on bed rest at Greenwich Hospital for more than a week. Nick arrived at the hospital Tuesday night in anticipation of the caesarean section.
“Greenwich Hospital has been terrific,” said Lustig. “They’ve been treating Miranda like royalty. We couldn’t be happier.”
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