Woman in passport queue goes into labour

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Amid the increasing number of deaths occurring at fuel queues, a pregnant woman, who was in a queue at the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Battaramulla, has given birth to a baby girl yesterday (7) morning.

The 26-year-old woman from Nuwara Eliya developed labour pains while in the queue. The Army personnel on duty had rushed her to the Castle Street Hospital for Women, where she had delivered the baby.

Director of the Castle Street Hospital for Women (CSHW), Dr. Pradeep Wijesinghe said according to information he had received, yesterday (7) had been the second day the young mother had been in the queue at the Passport Office.

She delivered the baby at the Hospital’s Outpatient Department (OPD) before being transferred to a ward. The baby was transferred to the Special Care Baby Unit (Intensive Care Unit) of the Hospital, as she was only 22 weeks. Dr. Wijesinghe said it was too early to tell the condition of the newborn owing to the birth weight and other complications of prematurity.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne