Emmanuelle Khnaisser prepared for the birth asmet Beirut on Tuesday and raced through her hospital room, her husband Edmound told Reuters. Edmound videotaped the incident, including the safe birth of her boy.
The video shows hospital windows that break shortly after Emmanuelle was rolled into the delivery room. Edmound continues filming the scene, even though he is shocked by the explosion.
“My son George was born in a catastrophic explosion. I didn’t think we got out alive,” Edmound told Reuters.
Doctors and nurses who worked in the dark after the explosions were able to safely give birth to the boy the couple named George, Edmound said. Edmound took photos of the entire process and later praised the hospital staff on social media, Reuters reports.
“Thank you for bringing me safely into this world,” he said on behalf of George. “I hope I can pay you back one day.”
Tuesday, apparently caused by a fire in a fireworks warehouse that ignited a supply of ammonium nitrate stored in the port, ripped through the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people and wounding thousands of others. The explosion wiped out the port and sent a torrent of destruction through the city center.
“Houses, buildings, bodies on the streets, injuries,” said CBS News producer Sami Aouad. “Hospitals could not accept further injuries and corpses because they were full. Beirut is a destroyed city. It is like a real war zone.”
Investigators are working to find out if the catastrophic explosion was caused by negligence. Many people blamed the country’s long-established political class for the catastrophe. Some said it was the last straw after decades of corruption and neglect.