Sunday 17 December 2017

Cheers for typhoon's miracle baby

New-born Bea Joy and her mother Emily Ortega after her birth at an improvised clinic at Tacloban airport (AP)
New-born Bea Joy and her mother Emily Ortega after her birth at an improvised clinic at Tacloban airport (AP)
New-born baby Bea Joy after her mother Emily Ortega gave birth in an improvised clinic at Tacloban airport (AP)

Cheers broke out in Tacloban's typhoon-devastated airport as 21-year old Emily Ortega gave birth to a baby girl.

It was a rare piece of good news for the Philippine seaside city where officials fear at least 10,000 were killed and tens of thousands saw their homes flattened by ferocious winds and a massive storm surge from Typhoon Haiyan.

Baby Bea Joy Sagales appeared in good health and her birth drew applause from others in the airport and military medics who assisted in her delivery.

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

Her husband in Manila was unaware of what has happened.

AP

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