Saturday 1 October 2016

VIDEO: The babies born in a busy makeshift maternity tent hospital in devastated Nepal

Published 03/05/2015 | 16:18

Staff at this makeshift maternity hospital in Nepal are doing everything they can to ensure the lives of mums and their newborn babies are protected.

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The tent hospital was sent up by Israeli charity workers.

Despite the gloom that surrounds it, the birth of new babies here has brought joy and relief.

"This baby girl was expected to be born on the 21st of April," says new dad, Dr Rajesh KC, as he gently cradles his newborn daughter.

Nepalese woman Lata Chand,19, looks at her newly born baby girl at the Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu (AP)
Nepalese woman Lata Chand,19, looks at her newly born baby girl at the Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu (AP)
Four-month-old baby boy Sonit Awal is held up by Nepalese Army soldiers after being rescued from the rubble of his house in Bhaktapur, Nepal, after Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the densely populated Kathmandu valley (Amul Thapa/Kathmandu Today via AP)

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Rajesh told of how his daughter made her entry to the world four days later than scheduled on Saturday 25th, the same day a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal.

"She was there and then the whole house started shaking," he recalled.

Despite the deadly earthquake, the little girl is well and the family are "very happy".

The death toll in Nepal is already more than 7,000, although the government are warning this is expected to climb as rescue teams get into areas they weren't able to reach beforehand.

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The UN estimate that some eight million people have been affected by the earthquake, tens of thousands of whom are pregnant women.

And this makeshift hospital is doing everything it can to care for these women and their babies who enter the world unaware of the massive devastation that surrounds them.

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