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British Soldier Gave Birth in Afghanistan After Base Attack

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A British soldier serving in Afghanistan has given birth to a baby boy at a base that had recently been attacked by the Taliban, NBC News is reporting. More on this remarkable birth story:

The child was born Tuesday at a field hospital in Camp Bastion in the war-torn Helmand province, the government said in a statement.

The mother, a gunner with the Royal Artillery, arrived in Afghanistan in March after the child was conceived, a U.K. spokeswoman confirmed. The woman only discovered she was pregnant and about to give birth when she complained of stomach pain.

On Friday night, two U.S. personnel were killed and several others wounded in an attack on the adjoining Camp Leatherneck. The Taliban has also promised to do everything it can to kill the U.K.’s Prince Harry, who is based at Bastion.

The U.K. government statement added that it is “not military policy to allow service women to deploy on operations if they are pregnant.”  Both mother and baby are reportedly in stable condition.

Image: Army first aid bag, via Shutterstock

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Sextuplets Born to Impoverished Afghan Woman

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

A young woman living in poverty in northern Afghanistan has given birth to sextuplets, Reuters reports:

Sara Gul, 22, from the northern Balkh province, said on Tuesday she tried to abort after learning she was pregnant with the brood of six, highlighting the country’s poverty and ignorance surrounding birth control.

“I even jumped from a wall but nothing happened to them,” Gul told Reuters in provincial capital Mazar-e-Sharif, where she gave birth — her first — late Monday.

Maternity ward doctor Abdul Rauf Ferogh confirmed the birth, saying five of the babies were healthy, while the last one was underweight and still in postnatal care.

Rare in nature, multiple births are often the result of medical fertility treatment, although the method does not exist in Afghanistan. Afghans take pride in having large families, but war, conflict and destitution means one in four children die before reaching the age of five.

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