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19 July 2024

Woman gives birth on Sharjah pavement; infant dies after birth

By Mohammad El Sadafy

A new born baby died soon after birth, after his mother gave birth to him on the pavement of a public park in Sharjah.

The woman said because she did not know how to handle a newborn baby, she gave him a large amount of water instead of breastfeeding him, which led to his death.

The 31-year Indonesian woman was taken by ambulance by the police to Al Qassimi Hospital after someone called ‘999’ to inform that a woman in an advanced state of pregnancy was lying near a park, unable to move.

The woman admitted that she had avoided going to hospital during her pregnancy because she was an illegal resident of the UAE and because the baby was conceived as a result of an illicit relationship.

The Bangladeshi father of the baby is currently out of the UAE.

Police are waiting for an update on the woman’s medical condition before investigating the case further.