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Monday 22 September 2014

Cheers as baby born amid ruins

Published 12/11/2013 | 02:00

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New-born baby Bea Joy is held as mother Emily Ortega, 21, rests

THERE was a little joy amid all the devastation.

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Cheers broke out in the typhoon-devastated airport of Tacloban when 21-year-old Emily Ortega gave birth to a baby girl.

It was a rare piece of good news for the seaside city where officials fear at least 10,000 were killed and thousands more saw their homes flattened.

Bea Joy Sagales appeared in good health as her birth drew applause from others in the airport.

Her birth was near miraculous – her mother was in an evacuation centre when the storm hit and she had to swim and cling to a post to survive before she found safety at the airport.

Her husband, who is in Manila, is unaware of what happened.

Irish Independent

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