Gerard is the first baby of 2013

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 THE first child born in Spain in 2013 is called Gerard, born at the Verge de la Cinta Hospital in Tortosa (Tarragona).

The young Catalan was born 30 seconds after the chimes marked the arrival of the New Year.

He weighed 3.7 kilos and measured 54 centimetres and is the first child of Montserrat Espinosa, 34, and second of her father, Lluis Vendrell, 43, who has another child, Pol, from a previous relationship.  They are residents of Sant Jaume d’Enveja (Tarragona) and arrived at the hospital at 9am on December 31 when Montserrat went into labour.

She says that it was a “beautiful experience” which she plans to repeat.

The second baby of the year was David, born at 12.01am in Gandia (Valencia) and the third place was shared by Eythem, born in Madrid at the same time as Blanca in Ronda (Malaga), 12.02am.

Eythem’s mother is Peruvian, and three of the other first babies born this year also have foreign parents: Rachael, in Sevilla, has Nigerian parents, the mother of Amir, born in Denia (Valencia) is Moroccan, and the parents of Albania, born in Palma de Mallorca, and Maikel, born in the Basque Country, are Bolivian. 

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