Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Amid the rubble and destruction of the deadly typhoon that may have killed as many as 10,000 people in the Philippines, an astounding story of survival has emerged–a baby was born in a makeshift hospital that was set up in the badly damaged Tacloban airport. More from PEOPLE.com:
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On Nov. 11, Emily Ortega, 21, gave birth to daughter Bea Joy in a makeshift hospital set up in what remains of the Tacloban airport.
“She is my miracle,” she told the Agence France-Presse. “I had thought I would die with her still inside me when high waves came and took us all away.”
Ortega named her new baby after her mother, Beatriz Sagales, who was swept away in the storm surge of Super Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged central Philippines last week.
With her husband, Jobert, by her side, Ortega went into labor at 5 a.m. Monday morning near the coastal town of San Jose and had to walk towards Tacloban before a truck driver picked up the expectant mom.
While the family rejoices in the birth of their child, the moment remains bittersweet.
“We are supposed to be celebrating today, but we are also mourning our dead,” Jobert said.