Father in Hope of seeing his new baby girl
Published 14/10/2010 | 05:00
ARIEL Ticona Yanez will be the second-to-last miner to climb into the metal cage and make the 2,047ft journey to the surface of the mine, and a special member of the family he has been desperate to meet will be there to greet him.
Baby Esperanza was born on Sept 14 and she has had to wait a month until the moment her father could take her in his arms.
Only days before the 29-year-old entered the San Jose mine he and his wife Elizabeth Segovia discovered they would be having a baby girl.
Between the ultrasound and the disaster on August 5 the couple decided to name their third child Carolina. But deep underground during the 17 days cut off from the rest of the world before rescuers discovered them alive, the miner came up with a better name.
He sent word of his decision in one of the first letters to be sent to the surface via one of tubes known as 'doves'.
"Our baby is to be called Esperanza," he informed his wife. The word means "Hope" in Spanish.
Mr Ticona, who had not been present at the birth of his first two children, had vowed to be there for the third. It was a promise he could not keep.
Trapped almost half a mile under ground he instead watched a video of the birth recorded by a family friend.
"He may not have been here to see her arrival in the world," said his wife Elizabeth. "But he'll be here to see her grow up. That is the most important thing." However, in one of his final letters he seemed to have other priorities.
Asked what preparations should be made for his arrival on the surface he told his brother: "I want you to arrange a fish fry up for me and all the boys at the football club."