FANI Child: OMMCOM NEWS Correspondent Becomes Father On Cyclone Day

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the scary whistling sounds of winds brought to the State by Cyclone FANI, a baby girl’s cry echoed in the operation theatre of Salepur Primary Health Centre (PHC). Not only did the baby’s cry break the eerie atmosphere of the Cyclone, but it also brought happiness to OMMCOM NEWS’ correspondent Debashish Maharana and his family.

Maharana and his wife Padmashree Chand, who is a nurse herself, were on their toes as soon as they received news of an impending disaster last week. Being a reporter himself, Maharana was aware of the Cyclone’s intensity and was extremely worried about his wife’s and unborn child’s well-being.

“Like everyone else, I was in fear. I was concerned and nervous about the mother and child. Thanks to Government efforts, the health centre was well-equipped with beds, generators and extra staff. With all timely execution, I became father to a girl at 12:10 am on Friday,” he said.

Maharana and his wife have decided to name the girl ‘FANI’ and they expect her to be as strong and resilient as the Cyclone itself.

Similarly, another baby girl was also born also on Friday at 11:03 am in Mancheswar Railway Hospital. As stressed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, women had been given priority during evacuation and 604 expectant mothers had been shifted to safety by Thursday evening.


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