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Incredible images purporting to show the moment a Russian woman gave birth in the Red Sea in Egypt actually show the baby being bathed in the water several days after birth, the father has revealed. The baby girl's Russian mother and Serbian father had decided to bathe her in the ocean with the umbilical cord and placenta still attached because of the supposed health benefits. Onlookers in the resort town of Dahab captured the moment the father carried his days-old daughter from the water accompanied by a Russian doctor who was helping with her care.

The mother follows close behind before the family are reunited on the beach in a touching scene. The doctor is a well-known Russian specialist in water births. The mother had opted to have her delivery in a birthing pool, but this happened inside a house before the images were taken. The incident happened in October 2014 but the pictures were first uploaded to social media this week, where they quickly went viral.

Prominent Egyptian sportswoman Hadia Hosny El Said posted them to her Social Media page claiming they showed the woman giving birth in the ocean. The post has since been deleted. Before the post was deleted it had been shared more than 2,000 times and attracted thousands of comments. Commenters on social media praised the 'beauty' of the moment.

This Article Was Originally Published On (15 Mar 2018)

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