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Newborn 'sold' to pay hospital bill is reunited with mother

Update : 04 Feb 2022, 15:49

A woman who was forced to give up her newborn for adoption has been reunited with her child in Chandpur.

After publishing the report in Ittefaq online, the local administration took the baby back from an expatriate couple now staying in Shatnol in Matlab Upazila and handed it to its mother Tamanna Begum on Thursday, according to Matlab North Upazila Executive Officer Gazi Md Shariful Hasan.

Tamanna gave birth to a boy at Pulse Aid General Hospital through C-section on Jan 26. She was unable to afford the hospital bill of Tk 40,000, her husband left them and fled. His phone was also switched off.

‘Soon after my admission, I gave birth to my son but no one sadly came forward to foot the medical bills. A man proposed to me that I could sell my baby to pay the bills and I complied,’ said Tamanna. She sold her child for Tk 50,000 to foot the bill.

Additional commissioner (land) Mohammad Hedayetullah and local police conducted a joint drive on Thursday. They recovered the baby from a woman named Shimla Aktar in Shatnal union of the upazila. After interrogation, they found out that both the parties had mutually brokered the deal.

Later, the administration handed over the baby to Tamanna by making both of them sign a bond.

‘We are glad that we could return the baby to his mother with spontaneous support of the locals,’ said Gazi Shariful Hasan, upazila nirbahi officer.

”I came to know about Tamanna’s situation through the media. Later, I investigated the issue and spoke to both parties to ensure the newborn goes back to its mother,” he added.

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