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The Columbus area is kicking off 2019 by adding a new member to Cornhusker nation, which also might bring Nebraska sports teams some good luck.

Resident Arianne Lopez Zamora gave birth to Columbus Community Hospital’s first baby of this year, daughter Victoria Alexia Lopez Zamora, at 7:39 a.m. on Wednesday via C-section. She weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches in length. Mom and baby were doing just fine on Wednesday afternoon, as the older Zamora gushed over her newborn and talked about her youngest becoming a Nebraska fan. She never would have thought she would have a child who would be a Cornhusker supporter back when she was growing up in Cuba.

“Yes,” the now Columbus resident said, with a laugh, in response to Victoria likely becoming a Nebraska fan as she gets older. “I hope so.”

Her daughter’s name also might bring some good fortune for the Cornhuskers. Victoria is the Latin word for “victory” or “conquer.” In Roman mythology, Victoria was the name of the goddess of victory.

“I really like the name,” she said, explaining the meaning behind it. “I just wish for her the best – just a lot of good things.”

The little one joins older sister Arianne, 8; and 6-year-old brother, Ramon, who the mom said are eager to meet their newest sibling. The two currently live in Mexico, she noted.

“They’re super excited,” the mom said.

Columbus Community Hospital staff presented Zamora with a gift bag full of goodies for giving birth to CCH’s first baby of 2019. The gift bag featured some new onesies, bubble gum cigars and more. Zamora said she was appreciative of the gesture and looking forward to bringing her newest addition home this weekend.

Zamora said her newest daughter was a wonderful post-Christmas gift.

“It was the best present,” she said, smiling. “It was really good.”

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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Matt Lindberg is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the University of Kansas.

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