Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Quake woman reunited with baby

Landina Seignon, eight months, with her mother Marie Miracle Seignon, 26, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London

Clutching her baby for the first time since the Haiti earthquake, Marie Miracle Seignon's smile - and middle name - says it all.

The 26-year-old broke down in tears and cried "I thought she was dead" as she was reunited with eight-month-old Landina in London.

Ms Seignon had given up hope that her daughter had survived after the hospital where she was receiving treatment for burns in Port-au-Prince collapsed during the disaster in January.

Landina was plucked from the rubble and flown to Britain for treatment after a charity was unable to find her family. But the mother was eventually tracked down six weeks ago and, following DNA tests, was flown to the UK on Tuesday for an emotional reunion.

Speaking via an interpreter after they were reunited at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Tuesday, Ms Seignon cried: "I thought she was dead, so my feelings were very, very strong.

"But when I saw her I was amazed. I couldn't believe she was alive - this is a very happy moment."

Landina was in the hospital in Haiti after receiving life-threatening burns during a fire at her family's home in the slum area, charity workers said.

She was in intensive care at the hospital when the quake struck, killing some of the nurses caring for her.

Landina then underwent surgery to have an arm amputated after being relocated to another hospital in Haiti. She was evacuated to London after she came to the attention of British surgeon David Nott, a specialist from London.

Her badly burnt skull was operated on at Great Ormond Street Hospital after she was flown over to the UK by charity Facing The World.

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