Bayhealth celebrates first Sussex baby of 2024

February 6, 2024

A day after the world rang in the new year, Bayhealth Sussex campus welcomed its first baby of 2024.

Baby boy Richard Marckenly was born at 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2, to parents Pascale Meriscar and Richard Mackendy of Milford. He weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. and was 20 inches long. Baby Richard joins his big brother as the family’s second child.

His original due date was Jan. 12, so he arrived earlier than expected. “Thank you to Bayhealth for a very good night [of labor] and delivery; they care for moms and babies really well, and I appreciate that,” said Meriscar. “We feel really good about going home to meet his big brother.”

Bayhealth Women’s and Children’s Services representatives gave the parents a gift basket containing thermometers, blankets and other items parents might need for a new baby.

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