Cairo: This is the incredible moment a newborn baby was carried from the Red Sea in Egypt after a Russian tourist travelled to the resort town in order to give birth in the water.
Hadia Hosny El Said captured these images from the balcony of her uncle’s apartment in Dahab, north of Sharm el-Sheikh, showing the new father emerging from the ocean helping to carry his newborn. Moments later the mother also emerged from the sea looking as if she had just been for a swim, before being reunited with her child on the beach.
Hadia said the older man carrying the baby is a doctor specialising in water births, meaning the delivery was arranged ahead of time. Since Hadia posted the pictures on Facebook on Saturday they have gone viral, being shared more than 2,000 times and attracting thousands of comments.
The mother’s identity has not been revealed, nor has the condition of the child – though both appeared happy and healthy after the delivery. Hadia the woman had gone for a swim before going into labour, and was followed by her partner and the doctor who helped her deliver the baby.
After the birth the placenta was placed into a bowl before the baby was carried from the water with the umbilical cord still attached. Another child was waiting on the beach before greeting the new arrival, with the mother joining a short time after in a touching family moment.