Mother returns to sit for exams 30 minutes after giving birth

Mother returns to sit for exams 30 minutes after giving birth

- 18-year-old Fatoumata Kourouma, a student in Guinea has said in an interview that she returned to write her exams after giving birth

- She was was rushed to the hospital from an exam hall and returned to complete her tests 30 minutes after giving birth

- She says she and her son are both in good health

An 18-year-old student who was rushed to hospital from an exam hall has disclosed in an interview she went back to complete her tests just 30 minutes after giving birth.

"I decided for myself that I wanted to complete my baccalaureate," Fatoumata Kourouma says.

She had turned up to the exam hall, in the Guinean town of Mamou, but staff sent her to hospital.

"I'd started having stomach pains on Monday night but didn't know I was going to give birth," she said.

"I worked up the courage to do the exam the next day, without saying anything to my husband or the school," she added.

Mother returns to sit for exams 30 minutes after giving birth
Fatoumata Kourouma. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

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"I was worried they might ask me to stay at home or visit the doctor."

It was only once she had arrived at the hospital that she realised she was about to give birth. And when her baby boy was born after a quick labour, she handed him over to her parents so she could go back and finish her baccalaureate exams in Physics and French.

"The session had already begun but the invigilators allowed me to go back in," Kourouma said, adding that she felt well at the time and was not in pain.

She says she and her son are both in good health. A relative of hers said in an interview that her husband, a corporal in the police, was thrilled and telling everyone who would listen about "this terrific woman".

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The project has received a GEFSGPGhana UNDP Ghana support to begin the pilot stage of the laudable initiative.

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