A paramedic in Pakistan has been arrested after allegedly stealing a baby to give to her childless aunt.
The little girl was taken shortly after birth from a hospital in Balochistan, in the south-west of the country.
But the family was initially unaware of her disappearance as no-one revealed her mother had given birth to twins.
The first they knew was when the girl’s mother regained consciousness and asked where “the other girl was”, her brother-in-law said.
Abdul Hamid had taken the mother-to-be, Jamila Bibi, to the hospital in Loralai, about 60 km (37 miles) south-west of their village, on Wednesday.
He told police that after delivery, Jamila Bibi’s family was handed one little girl and told to take the patient home as she was doing fine.
However, Jamila Bibi remained in a semi-conscious state for the next couple of days.
Later, new mother revealed something which left the family startled.
“On Friday, when Bibi had recovered her senses, she asked where her other girl was. We were stunned,” Abdul Hamid said.
“After Abdul Hamid filed a police complaint, we arrested the female paramedic who was on duty at the delivery room that night, and she led us straight to where the baby was,” Jahangir Shah, additional head of Loralai police station, said.
“She had been helped by two other colleagues to smuggle the baby out of hospital and give it to her aunt who was married 17 years but was still without a child. The nurse told us her aunt had been badly wanting to adopt a baby.”
The police have arrested all four women, while the family has been reunited with the baby, who has yet to be named.