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Egyptian mum-to-be jumps to her death: report

Worried she couldn't pay the delivery fees, family says

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An Egyptian woman in her ninth month of pregnancy jumped to her death because she could not afford the hospital delivery fees, Egyptian daily Al-Masry al-Youm reported on Thursday.

The 30-year-old housewife, who was married to a laborer, sank into a depression after she learned she was pregnant and that her husband had no way to pay the fees.

The couple had been struggling to make ends meet since the first month of their marriage, the paper said.

Her mother told Al-Masry al-Youm that she locked herself in her apartment and refused to speak to anyone. Finally on Tuesday, the woman went to speak to her mother, who lives in the same building.

"She collapsed in tears," the mother told the paper, adding that she asked for forgiveness as she had drunk insecticide to "get rid of the world and its problems".

The mother said she tried to talk her daughter into going to the hospital, and began shouting for help, but the heavily-pregnant woman simply walked towards the balcony and jumped from the 3rd floor.

She was transferred to hospital in a critical condition, where she later died.

One in five Egyptians cannot meet their basic living needs, according to United Nations statistics released last October. Poverty is disproportionately high in southern Egypt and in the countryside, with two thirds of the poorest people living in the south.

Egypt's absolute poverty rate rose to 19.6 percent of the population from 16.7 percent between 2000 and 2005, figures showed.

The country's goal is to cut the proportion of people living on under $1 a day to 12 percent by 2015, from 20 percent now, a U.N. document said.


(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).