Kozhikode: A Kerala woman, who had approached the Supreme Court requesting evacuation of pregnant women like her from foreign countries during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday (June 9) in Kozhikode district.

A day ago, Athira had lost her husband Nithin Chandran. He  died in his sleep in Dubai. Nithin, who is from Kerala, was under treatment for high blood pressure and a heart condition and is suspected to have died of a heart attack while asleep.

According to reports, Athira's relatives were worried about her health getting affected due to the tragic news. They shifted her to a hospital without breaking the devastating news. The parents had opted for a Cesarean procedure.

The couple had hit headlines after Athira filed a writ petition seeking help to return home following the suspension of flights to India for the delivery of their first baby due in the first week of July. Athira flew home on the first repatriation flight from Dubai, but husband Nithin had to stay back.

Athira worked in an IT company in Dubai and her husband was an engineer in the construction sector.

Nithin had been working in Dubai for the last six years. Athira moved to Dubai two years ago following her wedding.

The couple had been active in social service as members of the Blood Donors Kerala-UAE chapter and the youth wing of expat organisation Incas.

Nithin's mortal remains were moved to Dubai Police mortuary near Al Twar in Dubai and officials are hoping to send his body to India for final rites.