This is the British soldier who did not know she was pregnant until the dramatic birth of her baby son at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. The Mail on Sunday can reveal she is 28-year-old Lynette Pearce, a bombardier in the Royal Artillery who was fighting the Taliban until she went into labour.
Last night Lynette’s friends said she was overjoyed about becoming a mother. Some of them are planning to visit her at the hospital where she was taken after being flown back to Britain.
The Ministry of Defence has not disclosed where Lynette and her baby are being treated but it is understood to be the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, from where a specialist team of paediatricians was scrambled to the war zone.
Yesterday, messages saying ‘welcome to motherhood’ were pouring on to her Facebook site.
A friend who asked not to be named said:
‘Everyone is congratulating her and is really happy for Lynette. We are absolutely stunned at her amazing news. She can’t believe it and neither can we. Her life is going to totally change.
‘I can’t wait to see her. She is getting a lot of support from all her friends and family in Britain and in her regiment. She loves the Army and was very keen to fight in Afghanistan. She is determined and committed. Now I am sure she will put her son first.’
Lynette is an avid user of Facebook and has more than 1,200 friends from Britain and Fiji. By last night more than 30 had left congratulatory messages.