Nigerian woman gives birth on rescue boat

Chidi Samuel

A Nigerian woman has been delivered of a healthy baby boy  aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The happy parents, Otas and Faith Oqunbor, were rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat.

The couple were making the perilous journey across the sea, with their two other children, aged seven and five, and were rescued just 24 hours before the baby, whom they named Newman Otas, was born.

Alva White, MSF communications officer, took to Twitter on Monday to report the baby’s birth.

“Just over an hour ago a baby boy was born on board the Aquarius. Mum, bub, dad and 2 big brothers are all well,” she said.

Mrs Oqunbor told Doctors she had experienced contractions for three days.

According to Medecins Sans Frontier, because baby Otas was born on international waters, his nationality is still debatable, “The gorgeous little guy was born in international waters so his nationality is still under discussion.”

A total of 392 people were on the same boat with the Oqunbors before the rescue, with Seven of them pregnant.

With agency reports