A record-breaking 15 healthy babies were born within 24 hours in an Italian hospital that had been at the centre of the world’s coronavirus crisis.
Five boys and 10 girls were welcomed into the world at Cremona Hospital, in the northern region of Lombardy.
The healthy infants, which included twins, were delivered between the hours of 3pm on Friday to 3pm on Saturday, revealed the hospital on Facebook.
Doctors and midwives working in the obstetrics and gynaecology department said it was an ‘extraordinary’ event that has ‘never happened before’.
Dr Aldo Riccardi described it as ‘a sign of rebirth’, following the destruction the pandemic brought to northern Italy in particular, which saw many of his colleagues working tirelessly on the frontline to save thousands.
Just two months ago, the obstetrics and gynaecology department at the hospital was the only ward that was not transformed into an intensive care unit for Covid-19 patients.
‘It was an explosion of joy,’ said Dr Annalisa Abbiati who helped deliver the babies, along with Dr Gaetano Scalzone.
‘We worked tirelessly and watched the birth of one child after another,’ she added.
The pair along with midwives watched in awe as the newborns kept arriving and had to work quickly to find the space and time for all of the deliveries.
All of the babies and mothers are doing well, said hospital staff, who added it was a huge team effort between doctors, midwives, nurses and socio-health workers to get the infants delivered safely.
Cremona Hospital has been described as Italy’s ‘worst-hit’ hospital during the pandemic, which is where the first Covid-19 patient died.
Four months ago, Lombardy became the global epicentre of the pandemic as it suffered the first outbreak in Europe.
Italy recorded its lowest daily death toll since February on Monday, reports ANSA, with intensive care cases falling to 96 – of which almost half are in Lombardy.
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