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‘Light in the darkness’: Baby George born amid Beirut blast wreckage

Issued on: 13/08/2020 – 14:30

Stepping into the delivery room where his wife Emmanuelle was about to give birth, Edmond Khnaisser meant to capture their son's first moments on camera.

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Instead, he recorded the instant the biggest blast in Lebanon's history sent whole windows crashing onto his 28 year-old wife's hospital bed.

"I saw death with my own eyes…I started feeling 'is it over?' I was looking around and at the ceiling, just waiting for it to fall on us," Emmanuelle said, recollecting the direct aftermath of the massive blast that injured 6000 and killed more than 170 people in Beirut on Aug. 4.

Brushing off blood and shattered glass, medical staff instinctively carried Emmanuelle into the corridor, fearing another explosion could follow.

About to faint and shaken to the core, Emmanuelle said she knew she had to focus on giving birth.

"He has to come to life and I have to be very strong," she told herself.

Incredible story from #Beirut "My son George was Born under a catostraphic blast! It was crazy! I did not believe we came out alive. My wife is great and Baby George is amazing," the wonderful father Eddy Khnaisser says.
Welcome to the world George ❤ pic.twitter.com/iGViUFMqBo

— Razan Ibraheem (@RazanIbraheem_) August 7, 2020

Right after the blast, Stephanie Yacoub, chief resident of obstetrics and gynecology at St. George Hospital University Medical Center, had run out the room to help an injured nurse.

But it was too late and the nurse died. Yacoub hurried back to Emmanuelle straight away to help her give birth, along with Professor Elie Anastasiades and a team of medics.

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