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Pregnant women wait for their turn to be attended at a maternity hospital in Maracaibo, Venezuela

Mother of all battles in scarcity-hit Venezuela: having a baby

By Alexandra Ulmer MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Her belly bulging, Hilda Angarita hauls herself to five different drug stores in the sweltering Venezuelan city of Maracaibo until she finally finds post-cesarean patches. Over the previous nine months, Angarita's life has been consumed with searching for vitamins, calcium, diapers and medicines amid widespread shortages in recession-hit Venezu…

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