Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
This is proof that a mama-to-be is a total warrior and can—and will—do anything to save her baby! While the Philippines was being ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan’s 20-foot storm surges and winds that went up to 170 miles per hour, a 21-year-old pregnant woman was swimming for her life, and that of her soon-to-be daughter’s.
Emily Ortega was in an evacuation center all by herself (her husband was away in the Philippines’ capital of Manila), when the storm flooded her city of Tacloban and the evacuation center she was staying in. The waters picked her up, but she fought back, swimming her hardest and clinging to a post so she would not be washed away and drowned like the 10,000 victims feared to be killed by the typhoon.
I can’t even imagine the panic that must have been running through her entire body. Feeling the water rising, the natural pull of it, taking her further and further from safety. What must have been running through her mind—the fears, the prayers. But she had to put that all aside to concentrate on her precious cargo, and what she needed to do to get them both to safety.
Emily managed to maneuver her way to a dilapidated airport—where her labor was assisted by military medics. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl, named Bea (as a dedication to Emily’s mom, who is still missing). Baby Bea’s middle name is appropriately enough, Joy, because when she was born, survivors of the typhoon cheered. It was as if her birth was a beacon of hope, a sign of rebirth, and a start to the rebuilding that will take years for the Philippines to fully recover. More than 9 million people have been affected by the storm, according to the United Nations, and more than 660,000 have been displaced.
But in the midst of all of that devastation, Emily and her husband have their little bundle of Joy to be thankful for; their own little miracle.
If you’d like to help those in need in the Philippines, you can donate to the Salvation Army here or Unicef here.
TELL US: Do you think you would have been as strong as Emily during a typhoon? Do you have loved ones who may have been affected by the disaster in the Philippines?
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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
One of the most horrendous days of Caroline Reinsch’s life brought some of the best news ever. Caroline, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, and her boyfriend Christian Williams were in the crowd on that fateful day on April 15. They were there to cheer on a friend who was running the marathon. When the bombs went off, Caroline and Christian were both hit. Caroline suffered a bloody hole in her thigh and a split quad muscle; Christian’s legs and right hand were ripped open. Amidst all of the chaos, they were taken to two separate hospitals, not knowing if the other would live or die.
When Caroline was brought to the ER, she was asked the routine question before going in for an X-ray: “Is there a possibility you’re pregnant?” Since the couple had been trying to conceive since the fall of 2012 with no luck, she said, “It’s possible, but I don’t think so,” and she didn’t give it another thought as she was still confused and in shock of the traumatic events that had played out before her eyes.
For 11 days, Caroline and Christian texted and talked on the phone without seeing each other before Caroline was released. She immediately went across town to her boyfriend’s bedside. Christian was coming out of his sixth surgery, where doctors were trying desperately to save his right leg. A few days passed before she got a call from her doctor to go over her discharge papers. During that call, Caroline was told she was given a pregnancy test during her hospital visit (which she didn’t realize at the time), and that it was a “slight positive.” (I didn’t think it was possible to be a “little pregnant,” but apparently it is!)
It was too early to tell if Caroline was pregnant, but it looked possible that she was one to two weeks along in her pregnancy. Excited—after all she had been hoping to get pregnant for months now—she took a home pregnancy test. It was positive! Concerned it could have been too old since it was a leftover from months of trying to conceive, she had her friend buy her another one and she took it in the hospital restroom down the hall from Christian’s room. Still in disbelief, she wanted to make sure it was accurate before telling him such big news. It, too, was positive!
As Christian lay in his hospital bed still recovering from the massive trauma to his body, Caroline casually, but nervously, told him: “I have something for you.” Then handed him the positive pregnancy test. Overjoyed, the couple vowed to keep their little bundle a secret until Father’s Day, when they could reveal their baby surprise to their families all at once. Caroline is still in a brace, and Christian’s legs and hands are covered in scars, but Christian explains their feelings about the marathon the best: “Any pain or suffering I felt has been replaced with joy,” he told the Boston Globe. “Discovering that I was going to be a father is how I’ll always remember the Marathon.”
It’s so nice to know that out of something so horrible as the Boston Marathon Bombing came something so incredibly amazing: one couple’s “miracle baby.”
TELL US: How did you find out you were pregnant?
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