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Refugee gives birth in flight

Adamov refugee camp in western Slovakia admitted an Iraqi woman who gave birth to a baby boy, Ali Mohammad, during an attempt to illegally cross the border to the Czech Republic.

Police arrested her in a group of 30 Iraqi immigrants on December 13. When they brought her to the refugee camp, the woman, a 36-year-old college professor from Baghdad, was suffering from severe hypothermia and was exhausted. She was hospitalised at the nearby Skalica hospital and transported to Brezová pod Bradlom refugee camp on December 14.

Doctors stabilised her and the baby's health conditions. A medical examination and police investigation showed that she had been physically attacked by smugglers several times during the three-week journey because she was too tired to continue walking.

The new mother applied for official refugee status in Slovakia for her and her baby boy.

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