Mother Breastfeeds While Awaiting Operation (Photo)

| by Reve Fisher
Rong Kwang Hospital in Phrae province, Thailand Rong Kwang Hospital in Phrae province, Thailand

After suffering horrific injuries, a heartwarming photo of a breastfeeding mother and her baby has moved thousands.

According to Bangkok Post, a photo of a young woman breastfeeding her seven-month-old child has gone viral throughout Thailand.

On March 23, the English-language newspaper posted a photo taken by the Thai organization Volunteer Rescue Group called "The Power of Love." The woman had an accident in which she suffered a head injury, broken arm, and broken leg. In the photo, she can be seen covered in blood and feeding her child on a hospital gurney.

Bangkok Post did not specify the cause of her injuries, but some commenters believe that the women had an accident while riding a motorcycle.

The photo was taken at Rong Kwang Hospital in the Phrae province, which is considered to be a rudimentary institution that provides care for rural surrounding community.

"The mother had an accident but she was holding her seven-month-old child close to her," read the photo’s caption from the Bangkok Post Facebook page. "She suffered a broken arm, a broken leg and a head injury, but she continued to breastfeed the baby. Both of them are now safe and are under close supervision of nurses and doctors."

"What a good mum," wrote Vivienne Butler. "In so much pain and still putting her child's needs first. That's a true mothers love. Wishing her a very speedy recovery."

Breastfeeding advocates have made national headlines in the United States in the past several months. In February 2016, a photo of mother Margaret Ellen Bradford went viral when she was seen breastfeeding at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"After the rally, Bernie and Jane O'Meara-Sanders both thanked me for doing what mothers do and taking care of my daughter when she needed her mom, even if that meant nursing in public!" Bradford wrote on her Facebook page.

Sanders also tweeted the photo with the caption, "As a society, we should never stigmatize women for breastfeeding in public."

Sources: Bangkok Post/Facebook, Margaret Ellen Bradford/Facebook, Bernie Sanders/Twitter / Photo credit: Daily Mail, Bangkok Post/Facebook

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