Airlifted pregnant woman delivers son

Airlifted pregnant woman delivers son

Sajitha at the naval hospital in Kochi. Twitter

The armed forces have been on a massive rescue and relief operation in flood-ravaged Kerala.

On Friday, as marooned thousands were being brought to safe locations, the Indian Navy had another story of hope, airlifting a heavily pregnant woman from the terrace of a flooded building in Chengamanadu near Aluva, in Ernakulam district.

“A pregnant lady with water bag leaking has been airlifted and evacuated to Sanjivani. A doctor was lowered to assess the lady. Operation successful,” the Navy spokesperson tweeted. A few hours later, news that the woman – identified as Sajitha Jabil – delivered a boy was also shared on the Twitter handle. A video shared by the spokesperson showed Sajitha being airlifted with a harness.

The Navy identified the pilot in command for the operation as Cdr Vijay Verma. “The young lady and her newborn son both are doing fine. God bless them,” the spokesperson tweeted later, with photographs from INHS Sanjivani, the naval hospital in Kochi.

The Navy, under Operation Madad, has been engaged in extensive rescue operations in Kerala’s flood-hit regions. In a morning interaction with the media here on Friday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Navy had rescued about 550 people in the state.

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