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Masjid Al Haram witnesses first birth in years

MAKKAH: The Saudi Red Crescent announced on Monday in a statement that a local team of paramedics safely delivered a baby in the Grand Mosque.

Dr. Mustafa Baljoun, the director of the Red Crescent branch in Makkah, reported an incident in which the command and control room received a report on Monday at 12:05 a.m. The report stated that a woman hailing from Sudan was suffering from abdominal pain in the western yard of the Grand Mosque next to the Al-Tawhid Hotel. However, upon arrival of the medical teams, it was discovered that the woman was in labor, experiencing contractions, and about to give birth.

The situation was critical as the woman’s water had broken, and the baby’s head had already emerged. Fortunately, the ambulance teams immediately followed the established protocol for such cases and successfully assisted the mother in delivering the baby.

Both the mother and the newborn were then transferred to Ajyad General Hospital and were confirmed to be in good health.

Dr. Baljoun emphasized the importance of requesting ambulance services in emergency situations by dialing 997. Additionally, there are alternative methods to request emergency services, such as using the “Asefni” (“أسعفني”) application or making a distress call through the Tawakkalna app. These options also offer features like accurate location determination to help the ambulance team quickly reach the reported location and provide assistance.