Matvij was born on Tuesday 1st of March at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Budapest Semmelweis University. He is 56 centimetres in length and weighs 3.4kg – both mother and baby are well. 

The Ukrainian mother and her family lived in the Ukrainian town of Khust but they were forced to flee the country because of the war last week when the mother was already 40-weeks pregnant. 

Dr Nándor Ács, acting director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology said: 

The mother came to our clinic for the first time last Friday 25th February, just a few days after she arrived in Budapest. It was around her due date, and she said she had no complications with her pregnancy, but she started experiencing contractions. At that time, it was only Braxton Hicks contractions so we sent her home and called her back for Monday for a check-up and by then her labour had properly started.

Luckily, there have been members of staff on duty who spoke Ukrainian and they could help with the translation. 

“Considering the circumstances, the mum is in good spirits and very happy with the care she has received at our clinic. As her and the baby are both well, we will discharge them soon as long as there is a safe place for them to stay outside the hospital” – added Dr. Ács. 

The mum has an 8 year-old daughter, who is with her grandparents in Prague, Czech Republic. 

The Budapest Semmelweis University provides emergency care for the Ukrainian refugees, you can read more about it here. 



Photos: Bálint Barta

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Video: Réka Benyovszky, Dávid Kresalek, Dávid Réthly