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This mother trekked 9 days in -35C to deliver her baby, crosses frozen river on her way back

Think Change India
21st Mar 2018
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Bearing a child and raising one is considered one of the most gratifying experiences. With each story, this thought finds itself a reaffirmation and the story of this mother from Ladakh underlines the extent to which a mother can go to keep her child safe.

In 2014, this family from the northern part of India had to travel 45 miles on -35 degree celsius to get to the nearest hospital. The family had to travel on foot on the frozen Chadar river, at an altitude of 11,123 ft for nine days and do the same journey back home after the delivery. The newborn was wrapped up in the warmest clothes the family could afford and was taken back to Ladakh. They walked for over eight hours every day for the next nine days to reach their destination.

Source: Dailymail

In a visual representation on a blog on MailOnline, a photographer encounters the family and brought to light a series of overwhelming pictures. Tim Vollmer from Iceland, who was trekking up the river Chadar, joined the family to capture this journey of the family and the newborn. Tim said,

One day we met then this family with the little son and newborn, I was amazed what is normal for someone to go through to get a child!
Source: Dailymail

He also mentioned that this example gives one a sneak peek into the contrasting lives of these people and someone hailing from the western world.


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The family were forced to carry both provisions and children, and camped in mountain caves at night as they trekked back to their hometown. Through the icy cold waters and gruelling walk, the family welcomed their son.

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