Newborns bring cheer to quake-hit China

Newborns bring cheer to quake-hit China

A girl reads a book outside her makeshift tent amid quake rubble in Yushu  county in China. AFPA cry of a baby burst out from a tent in the hardest-hit Gyegu Town near the epicentre, Yushu, in southern Qinghai Province. “It must be the first life that came to the world after the disaster,” said a doctor named Huang Changmei. The 38-year-old woman was transferred to a medical treatment tent. “The conditions were extremely poor here. We lacked equipment and medicine,” a doctor said. The mother was scared by the quake and she failed to have contractions. Her husband was brought in to calm her and 18 minutes later, the baby was born. “It’s a boy!” said a voice in the tent and then applauses broke out in the crowd.Two other babies were born in the Yushu Prefecture People’s Hospital during the night after the quake.

Teachers rescue students
Calamity at times brings out the best out of human relationships as teachers of a primary school in China’s quake hit Qinghai province cleared the rubble of their collapsed school with their bare hands and saved 61 students. Sixty-one students at Yushu No 3 primary school had been saved as of Wednesday night in Yushu town, but 34 died before help reached them.

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