A young woman in Bihar set a new standard for human resolve by appearing for her class 10 board exams hours after giving birth to a child at a hospital.
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The 22-year-old woman, Rukmini Kumari, seemingly unaffected by the childbirth, turned up in an ambulance to write her Science paper.
Appeared for exams three hours after delivery
Rukmini, who studies at a government school in Banka district, has been the talk of the town since Wednesday when she delivered the baby in the morning and wrote her Science paper three hours later, refusing to take it easy as advised by doctors and family members.
“The incident proves that the government’s emphasis on the education of women has found great resonance. Rukmini, who belongs to Scheduled Castes, has become an inspiration for all,” District Education Officer Pawan Kumar told PTI.
Had written another paper the previous day
Talking to reporters, Rukmini said, “There had been some discomfort since Tuesday when I had written my Maths paper. I was excited about the Science paper, which was scheduled for the next day. But I had to be rushed to the hospital late in the night. At 6 am, my son was born.”
Rukmini said she wants her son to study well and make a mark when he grows up.
“So, I could not have been lax myself and served as a bad example,” she added.
Attending doctor advised her to skip paper
Doctor Bhola Nath, who attended to the woman at the hospital, said, “We initially tried to persuade Rukmini that she skip the paper as the rigours of childbirth had taken a toll on her health. But she was adamant. So, we arranged an ambulance and deputed some paramedics to assist her in case of an emergency.”
Betraying a mix of fatigue and pride, Rukmini said, “My science paper, too, went fine. I hope to score well.”
Doctor Bhola Nath further said he was relieved that both the mother and the son were keeping well and Rukmini was able to pursue her ambition of a good education.
(With inputs from PTI)
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