Only in urgent cases does the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea fly medical patients directly to Hospital México.
The agency, part of the security ministry, did so Wednesday when a helicopter crew brought a badly burned girl from the Talamancas. The craft landed directly on the concrete pad at the front of the hospital.
The girl, 3, had suffered severe burns to her legs and back. The helicopter crew also brought the mother, the ministry said.
The same crew flew a newborn from Golfito also Wednesday. The infant went to the Hospital de Niños by ambulance from the landing spot at Juan Santamaría airport.