Maine Medical Center welcomes first baby of 2022

January 1, 2022

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center (MMC) welcomed its first baby of 2022 at 1:12 a.m. on Jan. 1 when Virginie Emmanuelle Ngono came into the world.

Virginie Emmanuelle Ngono
Virginie Emmanuelle Ngono
Virginie is a premie with a 27-week gestational age and is being treated in the MMC neonatal intensive care unit. She weighed two pounds eight ounces and measured 14.6 inches long. She is the fourth child born to Armand Ngono and Michele Kouanzoua of Biddeford and joins siblings Raphael (age 7), Samuel (age 4) and Marie Chloe (age 2).

“It is a blessing having her at the beginning of the year,” Armand Ngono and Michele Kouanzoua said. “Moreover, in the middle of the pandemic, it is a hope that we can get through this pandemic and life goes on.”

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


About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2020-2021, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled 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 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit