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First 2020 IVCH baby arrives on Jan. 3

Eva Gabriela Escatel of Spring Valley and her partner, Alvaro Rodriquez, hold their son, Damian Rodriquez, the first child born at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in 2020.
Eva Gabriela Escatel of Spring Valley and her partner, Alvaro Rodriquez, hold their son, Damian Rodriquez, the first child born at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in 2020.

PERU — The first baby of 2020 to be born at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru arrived Friday, Jan. 3, when Eva Gabriela Escatel of Spring Valley gave birth to a boy at 3:16 p.m.

Damian Rodriquez entered the world weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces. He was 19 inches in length at birth.

The child is the second for Escatel and her partner, Alvaro Rodriquez.

Certified nurse midwife Barb Tieman from the Women’s Health Care Center at IVCH delivered the baby.

The last baby of 2019 to be born at IVCH was a girl born Dec. 31 to Jennifer Cain and Nickolas Estelle of Princeton.

There were 376 births at IVCH in 2019.

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