Maine Medical Center welcomes first baby of 2022


PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center (MMC) welcomed its first baby in 2022 at 1:12 a.m. on January 1 when Virginie Emmanuelle Ngono was born.

Virginie Emmanuelle Ngono

Virginia is a premature baby with a gestational age of 27 weeks and is being treated in the MMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She weighed two pounds and eight ounces and was 14.6 inches long. She is the fourth child born to Armand Ngono and Michele Kouanzoua from Biddeford and joins siblings Raphael (7 years old), Samuel (4 years old) and Marie Chloé (2 years old).

“It’s a blessing to have him at the start of the year,” said Armand Ngono and Michèle Kouanzoua. “Also, in the midst of the pandemic, it is a hope that we can get through this pandemic and that life goes on. “

“We would also like to thank the MMC staff for their care, attention and professionalism during this adventure. They have been a great support to our family, and all we can say to them is thank you!


About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as the top regional hospital by US News and World Report for 2020-2021, is a comprehensive health care resource for residents of Greater Portland and across the state, as well than northern New England. Established in 1868, MMC is the largest medical center in the state, licensed for 637 beds and employing over 9,600 people. MMC’s unique role as a community hospital and referral center requires an unprecedented depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23% of all charitable care in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit


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