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Child born en route to Philippines dies in India

HYDERABAD, May 4, 2016

A child born to a nurse onboard a Philippines bound Emirates flight died at a hospital in India last week, a report said.

Forty-year-old Grace Alexandria was returning to her country from Dubai when she gave birth to a baby girl, the New Indian Express reported.

The flight was forced to make a diversion to the the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, so that Alexandria and the new born could receive immediate care at the airport hospital. She was eventually taken to the hospital's branch at Jubilee Hills, but the child, who was prematurely born, died later.

Traumatised, Alexandria sought to continue her journey to the Philippines and bury her child at her home town. However, she faced immigration problems with the dead body of her daughter, and decided to bury the baby at a local church.

That too was impossible for her as only families registered with the local churches could use the plots for burial.

William D. Dar, former director-general of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) eventually came forward to help the distraught woman and referred her to Tourism Secretary B.Venkatesham, who ensured that arrangements were made for the last rites at the burial ground in Tirumalagiri in Secunderabad.

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