BOIs Make A Comeback In Galveston

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If you know Galveston, you know what "BOI" means -- it means "Born On the Island," and it means you're better than all those poor johnnie-come-latelys who come from the mainland.

Since Ike, though, there hasn't been a BOI. Until today.

Jennifer Ramirez-Hernandez, a healthy seven pounds, eight ounces, was born this morning in John Sealy Hospital, part of the UT-Medical Branch.

Five other babies have followed, all but one of them girls, UTMB spokeswoman Marsha Canright tells Hair Balls.

None have been named Ike. "Not even any Tinas," she says.

UTMB, which specializes in dealing with high-risk pregnancies, today opened a 16-bed maternity clinic.

The hospital does have power, but is extremely limited in the services it can offer right now. There's a mobile ER and intensive-care unit, but once patients are stabilized they are transferred to the mainland.

A normal month on Galveston sees more than 700 babies born, Canright says. It'll be some time before those numbers return to normal.

But Galveston's back in the BOI business, and that should count for something. And Jennifer Ramirez-Hernandez will have something to tell her grandkids.

-- Richard Connelly

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