GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan baby Polish soldiers found Sept. 19, 2012 in Waghez District, and named Pola after their home country, has found a new family.
After she was discovered abandoned on the side of the road, she was given immediate care by the Polish before she was transferred to the pediatric department at the Ghazni Public Hospital. Pola wasn’t there long before her future parents appeared at the hospital the next day after seeing the story of her rescue on television.
“We are so happy, this baby is like a gift from the God,” said Mohammad Zaher Rahimi and his wife Nahid, the baby’s new parents. They have been waiting to adopt a child for more than 10 years. Zaher runs a private business and Nahid is a housekeeper.
“There are many families visiting my hospital and asking about babies given up by their biological parents,” said Baz Mohammad Eamat, Ghazni Public Hospital director. “Mr. and Mrs. Zaher were staying in touch with me for a long time. They used to call us expressing their interest in that case. In fact they had found out about Pola from TV broadcasting as this news had been widely publicized. So the next day they had appeared in my hospital. They seem to be a very loving couple.”
They have given the baby a new Afghan name, Aria, as a symbolic association with the former designation of Afghanistan, Zaher explained.
“I want to underline that our child belongs to the entire country as she was found on our soil,” Zaher said.
The Afghan family has been given donations of baby care and personal hygiene items to help start their lives together, and the Polish soldiers haven’t forgotten them either. The proud parents were given an opportunity to talk with a Polish midwife working in the Polish field hospital in Forward Operating Base Ghazni.
"We discussed baby care practices and issues that could affect Aria as she responds to mother’s milk substitute," said Polish Sgt. Elizabeth Grodzka, a nurse and midwife. "We also talked about what to do if exanthema appears and how Aria will get used to her new family and mother in particular."
“Furthermore, her umbilical cord fell away during medical examination so the father recognized this as a sign that Aria had been waiting for them,” Grodzka said. “The child will be well cared for by her parents.”
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