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Naomi Squire (nee Hitchcock) 
Monday, 25. August 2014 16:14 Host: Write a comment Send E-mail

I have a special connection with Kagnew - I was born there in 1969! My parents, a teacher and an electrician, were working at the mission hospital and school in Gheleb. (They also spent a lot of time in Keren.) My mum had high blood pressure when my brother was born so the midwife at the hosptal in Gheleb advised that it would be better for her to give birth in a larger hospital, and the staff at Kagnew agreed to help out. A friend drove them through the night from Keren to Kagnew. I was born about 6.5 hours later. The Doctor who delivered me was Major Allen Killam. He is named on the 'Certificate of Birth' as 'Commanding Officer', but I can't find him on the website. My mum was given an epidural. These were not used in Britain at the time, so as a result of being born at Kagnew, I was one of the first ever British babies to be born following an epidural! Thanks for putting this website together - for the first time in my life I know what the building I was born in looks like!
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