After only eight minutes of 2017, a baby was born the delivery room of Fernando Escalante Pradilla Hospital, in Pérez Zeledón.
The first person to be born in the country this year was a girl from Coto Brus.
Her mother was transferred to the medical center from the San Vito Hospital on December 31st because she was considered to have a high-risk pregnancy.
By normal delivery and in very good conditions, the baby came into the world weighing 2,780 grams and measuring 49 centimeters.
A report of the 23 maternity wards of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) states that between midnight and 2 a.m. on January 1st 2017, five girls and five boys were born.
During 2015, the CCSS assisted 66,857 (94%) of the births throughout the country, with an average of 183 births per day.