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Odisha doctor’s story inspires Kareena Kapoor Khan to help mothers in need

Odisha doctor Omkar Hota’s story moved Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan so much that she made a firm commitment to visit such places to experience what the mothers are going through and help them come out of the agony.

Dr Omkar Hota, a physician from the tribal hinterland of Odisha’s Malkangiri district, had made headlines for taking an arduous 10-km journey on foot carrying a woman who had just given birth and was bleeding profusely. He had put her on a cot and helped her husband trek for over three hours through a hilly terrain to reach the nearest hospital on October 31.

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“The story of Dr Hota embedded in my mind and heart. I don’t think my soul will rest in peace if I don’t make it to the field,” Kareena said at an event organised at New Delhi by Unicef for celebrating mothers and newborns to mark the Mother’s Day on Sunday.

She was all praise for him. “We are actors, but you are the real hero. You are an angel for the community you are serving. Your contribution to the society is just exceptional,” she said.The Unicef celebrity advocate said every mother, rich or poor, needs a safe pair of hands while delivering her child. It is the support of family that a woman needs when she is expecting, she added.

Kareena highlighted the need for gender equality and quality which, she claimed, is next frontiers for newborn’s survival. “We need to look after our girls like our boys. It is incredibly sad that baby girls do not always get the same care mothers give to boys,” she said. On breastfeeding, Kareena, known for her size zero figure, said when a woman gives birth to a child, she does not think about her figure and at that moment, only the health of the baby comes to mind. Breast milk is so crucial and important that no mother can compare breastfeeding with her figure, the popular actress maintained.