Pregnant soldier on front line
Published 16/02/2011 | 09:46
A British soldier served on the front line in Afghanistan while she was seven months' pregnant, it has been revealed.
Sources said Private Kayla Donnelly, 21, did not know she was carrying her baby while fighting in Helmand province from March to September last year.
The machine gunner from 12 Logistic Support only discovered she was pregnant with her son Josh when her contractions began while on holiday in Tenerife.
Pte Donnelly, of Penrith, Cumbria, gave birth just two weeks after leaving Afghanistan.
According to The Sun, Josh's father, Pte Aaron McMillan, was in Afghanistan at the same time as Pte Donnelly, but is now back home in Manchester.
It is army policy not to send pregnant soldiers to the front line and to return them home immediately if they become aware they are carrying a baby.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We wouldn't comment on individual circumstances."