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Wife of trapped Chilean miner gives birth to baby girl; names her Hope

posted 14 Sept 2010, 14:02 by Sam Mbale

Baby named "Hope" is born in Chile - the daughter of one of 33 miners trapped below ground.

COPIAPO, CHILE (SEPTEMBER 14, 2010) REUTERS - One of the 33 miners trapped underground in San Jose mine outside Copiapo became a father to a daughter named Esperanza, meaning 'hope' in Spanish, on Tuesday (September 14).

Ariel Ticona may have a long wait before he gets to hold his first baby girl, but he will be able to see pictures of the birth via the capsules or "doves" which have become the miners' lifeline.

Baby Esperanza was born at a clinic in Copiapo, weighing 3.5kg.

Mother Elizabeth Segovia was planning to call the baby Carolina - but changed her plans in honour of "Camp Esperanza" or "Camp Hope" where relatives of the miners have been keeping an anxious vigil.

Segovia's mother, Maria Yanez, and grandmother to the new baby, said that while the birth was tinged with sadness, she knew it would lift her son's spirits.

"It's a little bit sad because my son was not present at the birth of his daughter. I would have liked him to be here, but he couldn't. He will see the video which will make him happier," she said.

Ines Yanez, Segovia's aunt, also had mixed feelings.

"I'm happy but also I am a little upset because I would have liked my nephew to have been at the birth. It's a shame, but I am happy. It went well, thanks to god. It's a pity but we are also happy because the baby is beautiful," she said.

One unidentified relative said the mother and daughter were both in good shape.

"She weighed three kilos and measures 48cm. (Journalist asking: How is Elizabeth?) Good, she's good. Yes, she's good," she said.

Ticona and his 32 colleagues have been trapped nearly a mile underground since their mine shaft collapsed on August 5. Their rescue, which involves drilling a new escape tunnel, is predicted to take months.