First baby born to Ukrainian refugee mother at Denia Hospital

A UKRAINIAN woman who fled from her country to Spain gave birth to a baby boy just four days after arriving. The baby, who has yet to be named, came into the world on Friday afternoon weighing 2 kilos 930 grams, and both mother and baby were said to be doing well in the maternity ward of Denia Hospital.

Mariia, 44, travelled by train to the Ukrainian border with Poland where she met her brother-in-law and nephew who were waiting for her. The pair had driven from Jávea to collect Mariia before returning to reunite her with her sister Natalia who has lived in Spain for more than 20 years.

According to the obstetrics team at the hospital, Mariia made the decision to leave Ukraine once the Russian airforce started bombing hospitals, but it wasn’t an easy decision as she had to leave her husband behind, although she is in regular contact with him.

The team from Denia Hospital accompanied her throughout the birth as did Ukrainian Alla Smolyn, who has worked in the hospital’s admissions department for the past five years and helped with translation.

The Javea Red Cross has made an appeal for baby things to help Mariia, as well as non-perishable foods for Ukrainians arriving in the area.

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