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New-born babies bring cheer in China's quake-hit areas

world Updated: Apr 16, 2010 10:42 IST

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In the midst of doom and gloom in China's quake-struck Qinghai Province where over 700 people have died, the cries of new-born babies in the make-shift health camps have given people some reason to cheer about. Babies have been born in temporary tents in the chilly weather after the fatal quake.

A cry of a baby burst out from a tent in the hardest-hit Gyegu Town near the epicentre, the seat of the government of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, in southern Qinghai Province.

"It must be the first life that came to the world after the disaster," said a doctor named Huang Changmei.

"The baby brought hope to the ruined place," Huang said.

The 38-year-old pregnant woman named Bora was found at 3 pm on Wednesday in one of the 100-odd tents in Gyegu Town and transferred to a medical treatment tent in Beijing, official media quoted Yang Lin, president of Qinghai Army Reserve Infantry Brigade Hospital as saying.

"The conditions were extremely poor in Beijing. We lacked equipments and medicine," Yang said.

The mother was scared by the quake and she failed to have contractions, which was very dangerous to give birth to a baby, Yang said. "It must be difficult for her. We were all worried," he said.

The 45-year-old husband named Chado was invited into the tent at 4:10 pm. "The wife need to calm down. We need the help of the husband," said a doctor who was not identified.Eighteen minutes later, the voice of the baby was heard by the crowd waiting outside the tent.

"It's a boy!" said a voice in the tent and then applauses broke out in the crowd.A young nurse covered the three-kilogram baby with pledget as there were no clothes for new-born babies.

"I'm so happy. Thank you, doctors," said Chado.

"This is their second child. It was a hard time for them in Beijing," said Wang Zongqin, one of the doctors who did the operation.

"It is really good to see they are both safe. I was so nervous, " Huang Changmei said.The other pregnant women had been transferred to Xining, capital of the province.

"The conditions are too poor. We cannot let the women deliver babies in Beijing any more," said a Doctor.

Another two babies were born in the Yushu Prefecture People's Hospital during the first night after the quake, said Han Huiying, president of the hospital.