At Last! Proud mum gives birth to baby boy in ‘abnormal village’ where for a DECADE only girls were born
A village where only girls have been born for the last 10 years has finally seen the birth of a baby boy.
The small, one-street village of Miejsce Odrzańskie in the south of Poland, was catapulted into the glare of global news coverage last year after TFN reported the curious population anomaly which had left baffled scientists scratching their heads to explain the biological quirk and offer advice.
Now, the long wait for a baby boy has finally come to an end with the arrival of baby Bartek on May 2nd.
Delighted local district mayor Rajmund Frischko told TFN: “This is wonderful news, especially at this time when we are all dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Every birth is special, but this one offers all of us hope for the future.”
Proud mum Anna Miłek told lokalna24.pl: “Bartek needs a lot of attention, closeness and sensitivity from me. Just like any new-born kid.”
She added that the birth is a double miracle as last year she had to raise money for a serious operation without which it would have been impossible to have a successful pregnancy.
She said: “The operation brought me back to life and made a double miracle happen. A double miracle, because Bartek is not only a boy but a boy from Miejsce Odrzańskie.”
The birth of the boy comes as a huge relief in the village. The area has suffered from population decline in recent decades and without a sufficient number of young men, that process could be exacerbated as young women move away to start their adult lives elsewhere.
“We were hoping that it would finally be a boy,” he admitted.
The new arrival was the thirteenth in the decade-long run of girls and came after the births of Wiktoria, Martyna, Aleksandra, Lena, Julia, Karolina, Lilianna, Sandra, Zuzanna, Natalia, Amelia and Maja in the small agricultural community.
Last year, TFN reported that the ten-year run of girl-only births in fact has a longer history.
Tomasz Golasz said at the time: “It has been going on for several decades. I came to the village, took a local girl for my wife and we had two daughters.
“My neighbour also tried and has two daughters. I don’t think women give birth to boys here.”
Advice on how to conceive boys flooded in. One doctor insisted that women who wanted to have a boy should have a diet rich in calcium. Others suggested a complicated procedure that involved measuring the women’s internal temperature at different intervals.
Statisticians have calculated that the likelihood of such a long run of girl births is one in over 4,000.
Responding to locals’ desperation for more boys in the village, the local mayor had even offered a reward to the parents of the next new-born boy, even suggesting that a street could be named after him.
Following the recent birth of baby Bartek, he said: “Due to the pandemic, we will have to wait a bit.
“The parents themselves want to keep their privacy and avoid the interest of the media.
“However, when they are ready to meet the world, the local district as well as local companies are planning to make a gesture towards the family, either bigger or smaller, we are not sure yet.”
Mum and baby are still in hospital as Bartek has raised C-reactive protein levels, which require antibiotics and regular checks by hospital doctors.
But Anna said she was ready for the whirlwind of media interest thatcould soon engulf the village again, saying: “I’ll face it with a smile.
“I’m glad that Bartek will have this souvenir for the rest of his life.”
To read more about the village with no boys click HERE.