A woman, 40, identified as Bhagyamma, who was desperate to have a baby boy has finally given birth to her first son, after having 11 daughters. An ambulance took the baby to a health centre where doctors declared him healthy and well.
The birth happened in the village of Kurkenahalli, in the town of Madhugiri, Tumkuru District, Karnataka state in Southern India. The proud dad, 45-year-old Ramakrishnappa has been married to his wife for sixteen years and said it was because of "social stigma" that put pressure on the pair to keep trying for a boy.
The couple said: "We have not denied food, education and clothes to the rest of our children." The family lives on a large area of land and work as sheep farmers, owning 20 of the animals.
The younger girls identified as Pavithra, 11, Sirisha, 9, and Meghana, 7, are still at school while Akhila, 4, and Sowmya go to preschool. Sadly their fifth and eighth daughters died due to seizures at birth.
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