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Havasu welcomes first baby of 2019

January 3, 2019

Havasu welcomed its first baby of the new year from the Johnson-Tahbo family.

It started like most other New Year’s Eve for Leah Johnson-Tahbo and her family as they celebrated the occasion in Parker with games and karaoke. While she enjoyed the festivities, she began to feel terrible contractions and quickly made her way to the La Paz Regional Hospital.

A resident of Bullhead City, Johnson-Tahbo assumed she’d be moved to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center but due to her increasing contractions and the proximity of the hospital, she was airlifted to Havasu Regional Medical Center instead.

Six hours later, at 10:55 a.m., Johnson-Tahbo gave birth to her 11th child, a beautiful baby girl weighing in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

“My husband and I thought she was going to be a boy, so we had the name James picked out to honor my sister, Jamie, who passed away in 2018. But I don’t want to name a girl James, so we decided on Alice because it’s my husband’s aunt’s name.”

Alice will be the 7th girl to join the Johnson-Tahbo family. “My youngest daughter was really hoping for a boy. When I Face Timed my family to show them the baby, she refused to look at her,” Johnson-Tahbo said with a laugh. Johnson-Tahbo has four boys and now seven girls.

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