Emanuel Hneiser was preparing to give birth as ahit Beirut on Tuesday and broke into her hospital room, her husband Edmound told Reuters. Edmound filmed the incident – including the safe birth of their baby – on video.
The video shows windows of the hospital shaking as soon as Emmanuel went up to the delivery room. Edmound continues to film the scene, even when shocked by the explosion.
“My son George was born under a catastrophic explosion. I didn’t believe we came out alive,”
Doctors and nurses – working in near darkness after the blasts – managed to safely deliver the boy, whom the couple named George, Edmound said. Edmound took pictures of the whole process, later praised the hospital workers on social media, Reuters reports.
“Thank you for bringing me safely into this world,” he said on behalf of George. “I hope to get your money back one day.”
in Tuesday, which appears to have been caused by an explosion at a fireworks depot that set fire to a stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored in the port, torn through the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people and injuring thousands more. The blast wiped out the port and sent a rush of destruction through the city center.
“Houses, buildings, corpses on the streets, injuries,” said CBS News producer Sami Auad. “Hospitals could not accept more injuries and corpses because they were full. Beirut is a ruined city. It’s like a real war zone.”
Investigators are working to determine whether the catastrophic explosion was caused by negligence. Many blame the crash on the country’s long-established political class, with some saying it is the last straw after decades of corruption and neglect.