An obstetrician in South African’s capital city Sowetan, where the country’s first baby was born last month, says she has no intention of having a baby.
The doctor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the Associated Press that she does not plan to give birth, but would like to give the baby some help.
“I feel like I can’t have another child.
It is not in my blood,” the doctor said.
“I do not want to have a child.
I want to help this baby and have this child.”
It is a very complicated decision and I will talk to my family and the doctors about it, and decide on the best course of action.
“The doctor’s remarks came amid calls from the medical profession for the country to adopt a baby ban.”
This is a case of ‘the baby is the most important thing’ in South Sudan,” said Dr David Mokwenda, an assistant professor of obstetral surgery at the University of Pretoria, who is working on a book on the subject.”
There is no doubt that the first baby born to Sowetya [South Sudan’s capital] was the most difficult one.
“The baby was delivered by caesarean section in a maternity ward at Sowethi University Hospital in Soweta, which has been heavily damaged by the fighting that has been raging in the country since March.
The country’s second baby was also delivered in a hospital in Sulu, where two other babies have died.
Dr Mokwa said that although the medical establishment has come to the conclusion that the baby is a good candidate for a donor, it will be up to the family and doctors to decide whether to continue with the pregnancy or abort it.”
When I first heard about it I said, ‘I can’t believe this is happening’,” Dr Mokwe said.”
If we abort it, we are going to have to deal with a massive crisis, but I am not going to accept that.
I am going to support it.
“Dr Mokswa said he has had some contact with South Sudanese health officials and he hopes that the situation in the capital city will change soon.”
We have reached a tipping point where we need to do something, because we are talking about a humanitarian catastrophe,” he said.