May 20, 2013 | 02:43 AM (BD Time)
20 May, 2013 Monday
Shock for soldier
British soldier has baby in Afghanistan
. BBC Online
A British servicewoman has given birth to a baby boy in Afghanistan having not realised she was pregnant.
"Mother and baby are both in a stable condition," said the Ministry of Defence, following the birth on Tuesday in Camp Bastion, Helmand province.
The woman, a Royal Artillery gunner who has not been named by the MoD, only learned she was about to give birth after complaining of stomach pains.
The child was conceived before she arrived in Afghanistan in March.
In a statement, the MoD said: "It is not military policy to allow servicewomen to deploy on operations if they are pregnant. In this instance the MoD was unaware of her pregnancy."
A specialist paediatric team from Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital is to fly to Afghanistan in the next few days, the statement added, "in order to provide appropriate care for mother and baby on the flight home".
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