UT Health Athens welcomed the first baby of the new year at 5:48 a.m. Jan. 1, 2021. Henry Alexander Casares was born to Leidy Estrada and Henry Casares. He weighed eight pounds and a half ounce and measured 20.5 inches long.
Baby Henry joins siblings Nicholas, 16, Haidee, 12, and Isabelle, 2. For being the first baby born in the new year, he received an assortment of gifts courtesy of the UT Health Athens OB Department.
The family said Henry wasn’t due until Jan. 13 but contractions started just after midnight on New Year’s Eve.
“We were super excited to learn that we had the first baby of 2021 at UT Health,” Leidy said.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to ring in a new year, especially after all of the challenges the world faced in 2020.”
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UT Health East Texas provides care to thousands of patients each year through an extensive regional network that includes 10 hospitals, more than 50 clinics, the Olympic Plaza Tower, 13 regional rehabilitation facilities, two freestanding emergency centers, regional home health services covering 41 counties, an EMS fleet of more than 50 ambulances and four helicopters, and a comprehensive seven-trauma center care network, including the region’s only Level 1 trauma facility.
As a partner with The University of Texas System, UT Health East Texas is uniquely positioned to provide patients with access to leading-edge research and clinical therapies while training and educating the next generation of physicians and other health professionals. The nationally recognized UT System also includes UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, as well as three other major university medical centers located throughout the state.