A brave woman gave birth to a baby boy at a hospital in Beirut as the city’s devastating explosion shattered windows and cut off power just after she was wheeled into the delivery room, pulse-pounding footage shows.
In the video, Emmanuelle Khnaisser is shown going into labor Tuesday before the powerful blast shakes the room and knocks her husband, Edmound, to the floor while he films.
“My son George was born under a catastrophic blast, I did not believe we came out alive,” Edmound told Reuters.
But doctors and nurses — who worked with flashlights during the disaster — eventually delivered a healthy bundle of joy, he said.
The proud papa praised quick-thinking health care workers, writing a message on his son’s behalf on social media that read, “Thank you for bringing me safely into this world. I hope I can pay you back some day.”
The name of the hospital where Khnaisser gave birth and its proximity to the blast weren’t immediately clear.
An explosion at port warehouses storing highly explosive material tore through the city Tuesday, killing at least 145 people and sending out a seismic shock felt for miles.
Dozens are also missing, thousands are injured and a quarter of a million people have been left without homes. Officials said Thursday the death toll was expected to rise.
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