Video captures mother in labor as Beirut explosion shatters hospital room
By Sophie Lewis
August 7, 2020 / 7:13 AM
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Rescues continue after Beirut explosion kills… “I hope I can pay you back some day.”Tuesday’s explosion, which appeared to have been caused by a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored at the port, ripped through the capital city of Lebanon, killing at least 135 people and wounding thousands of others. The blast obliterated the port and sent a tide of destruction through the city center. “Houses, buildings, dead bodies in the streets, injuries,” said CBS News producer Sami Aouad. Beirut is a destroyed city. A post shared by CBS News (@cbsnews) on Aug 6, 2020 at 12:46pm PDT
Doctors and nurses — working in near-darkness after the explosions — were able to safely deliver the baby boy, who the couple named George, Edmound said. “Hospitals couldn’t accept more injuries and bodies because they were full. Hospital staff managed to safely deliver her baby, a boy named George. It is like a real war zone.”
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Investigators are working to find out if the catastrophic explosion was caused by negligence. Click the link in our bio for the latest on the explosions. Edmound captured the incident — including the safe birth of their baby boy — on video.
The video shows windows of the hospital shattering just after Emmanuelle is wheeled into the delivery room. Many people blamed the catastrophe on the country’s long-entrenched political class, with some saying it marked the final straw after decades of corruption and neglect. Edmound continues to film the scene even as he’s shaken by the blast.”My son George was born under a catastrophic blast, I did not believe we came out alive,” Edmound told Reuters. View this post on Instagram This woman was about to give birth as the windows of her hospital in Beirut, Lebanon shattered following devastating explosions. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox
“Thank you for bringing me safely into this world,” he said on behalf of George. Edmound took photos of the entire process, later praising the hospital workers on social media, Reuters reports. First published on August 6, 2020 / 5:52 PM 02:17
Emmanuelle Khnaisser was preparing to give birth as a devastating explosion hit Beirut on Tuesday and tore through her hospital room, her husband Edmound told Reuters.