Yolanda survivor gives birth at Quezon Memorial Circle

Posted at 03/19/14 9:07 AM

MANILA – A woman who survived the wrath of "Yolanda" last year managed to give birth to a baby girl by herself at the Quezon Memorial Circle on Tuesday, reports said.

Janet Miranda, along with two of her children, migrated to Manila after her husband and another child died during the onslaught of "Yolanda" in Tacloban.

They were "adopted" by Joe Andizo and the other vendors at the Quezon circle, helping the family get by every day.

Andizo, arriving from an errand, was approached by Miranda’s eldest child telling them that the latter had given just birth

"Ang bata lumabas na pala," Andizo said.

Meanwhile, other vendors there who took Miranda in said they are happy upon seeing the newborn.

"Natuwa, first time ko nakakita ng nanganak," Alfred de Asis said.

Nelson Cortes, a guard, said: "Magaan sa pakiramdam kasi ligtas sila."

According to Miranda, she felt the baby arrive after her water broke around 10 p.m.

"Naramdaman ko lumabas siya, sumabay sa panubigan ko," Miranda said.

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety team responded and took Miranda and her baby for a check-up.

"Ok naman po yung baby, umiyak pagkalabas niya," a woman from the rescue team said.

"Yun lang lagi ko ipinagpe-pray makapanganak akong matiwasay," Miranda said.

She is planning to name the baby Melanie, in honor of her departed husband Rommel. -- From a report by Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News