'Miracle baby' born amid Tacloban typhoon wreckage
Girl born at emergency clinic after mother swam for her life
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- Alexander Smith for NBC News
- November 12, 2013
A baby girl was born at the airport in the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban on Monday, providing a glimmer of hope amid widespread destruction.
Cheers rang out when Emily Ortega, 21, gave birth to healthy baby Bea Joy Sagales at an emergency clinic in the ruined airport.
Ortega was in an evacuation center when the Typhoon Haiyan hit on Friday, flooding Tacloban. She had to swim and cling to a post to survive, according to The Associated Press.
The baby was named after her grandmother Beatrice, who remained missing Monday.
Ortega's husband was in the safety of the capital Manila, which is about 360 miles northwest of Tacloban. He did not know what had happened.
Tacloban's airport was all but destroyed as seawaters swept through the city, shattering the glass of its tower, leveling the terminal and overturning nearby vehicles.
Airport manager Efren Nagrama, 47, told Reuters that water levels rose up to 13 feet.
Meanwhile, heartbreaking stories of personal loss began to emerge. Corpses were spotted hanging on on tree branches, buildings, and lay on sidewalks, The Associated Press reported.
Source: NBC News