Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 02:23:08 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Children born aboard floating hospital in quake aftermath

photo by AP photo

Dinar named her newborn daughter Suharsi-a feminine adaptation of Soeharso, after the ship where she gave birth

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Palu (Indonesia)  :
Dinar was lucky to survive the Indonesian quake-tsunami that levelled her home. But she didn't have much time to count her blessings-she was nine months pregnant and about to give birth in a disaster zone.
The 38-year-old confronted a terrifying scene: the city of Palu was in ruins, its damaged hospitals overflowed with injured patients and doctors treated the wounded outside in the cracked, rubble-strewn streets.
"I was so worried after the earthquake," she told AFP. "I had so much on my mind."
But then a miracle arrived out of the blue in devastated Palu port-the KRI Dr Soeharso, an Indonesian naval ship, kitted out with a top-rate medical clinic.
Dinar was rushed aboard and safely delivered her fifth child on Friday, a week after the twin disaster levelled parts of the city on Sulawesi island, killing more than 1,500 people.
"I am so happy, and lucky this ship was here," she said. Dinar named her newborn daughter Suharsi-a feminine adaptation of Soeharso, after the ship where she gave birth.
The warship was moored in Bali, at the ready ahead of an International Monetary Fund conference slated for the holiday island next week.
But it charted a course for disaster-struck Sulawesi after Palu suffered a double blow on September 28 that wiped villages off the map and left the coastal city cripplingly short on doctors and medical supplies.
·A local doctor stepped up to deliver Dinar's baby, and three others so far born aboard the Soeharso since the quake, when an urgent call went out for an obstetrician.
Dr Sasono, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, packed up whatever belongings remained after the quake and prepared to flee Palu with his wife and two children when he heard the appeal.
"I saw so many people in need of help coming to the hospital so I abandoned plans to evacuate with my family and wanted to assist," he said.
"Of course, I was afraid of staying back to help when there were still tremors.
"It was my first time helping deliver a baby aboard a ship."
One of the children born aboard died shortly after birth-compounding a tragedy for the parents who survived the trauma of the quake.
"We bought baby clothes and everything. But God had a different plan," said the mother, Kusniran.
For Huzria, who gave birth to a healthy child Sunday on the floating hospital, it was the second miracle in as many days.
She had been on the beach as the quake hit-and watched in horror as the ocean began bubbling and receding before it crested into the tsunami that roared towards the coastline.
Many were too slow and died on the sand.
But Huzria, aided by her husband, managed to hobble to safety, reaching a hilltop from where they could survey the destruction unfolding below.
"Now, I can breathe easily," the 33-year-old told AFP. "I am so happy."

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

Jason Roy to miss Afghanistan, Sri Lanka games with hamstring tear

England opening batsman Jason Roy, who left the field during the team's eight-wicket win over West Indies, has been ruled out of their next two matches, against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, an England and Wales Cricket Board release announced on Monday, 17 June.Roy had left the field during the West ...

International »

"Khashoggi death painful, stop exploiting case": Saudi Crown Prince

 AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has warned against "exploiting" the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi for political gains, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Turkey.Turkey's ties with Saudi Arabia have come under strain since the brutal murder last October of Khashoggi in the Saudi ...

Editorial »

No end to pain and miseries of slum dwellers

LOCAL Government Division Minister on Sunday informed the National Parliament that about 6.46 lakh people were living in 3,394 slums in the capital city Dhaka. Responding to a question from a lawmaker, he said there were 1,639 slums housing 4,99,011 people in the Dhaka North City Corporation area and 1,755 ...

Entertainment »

Taylor Swift releases new single You Need To Calm Down

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift needs us to calm down but with the release of her latest single we just can’t! The 29-year-old singer dropped her new single titled You Need To Calm Down from her upcoming studio album Lover. The artist shared the lyrical video of the song on her official ...

Cricket »

No fracture found on Mushfiqur's forearm

Bangladesh heaved a huge sigh of relief after an X-ray report revealed that Mushfiqur Rahim had no fracture on his forearm.Mushfiqur, considered as the most dependable batsman of the country, got hit on his right forearm during a batting practice session while facing a bouncer from pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman.He ...

International »

Saudi Crown Prince lashes out at arch-rival Iran over tanker attacks

AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused arch-rival Iran of attacks on oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel, adding he "won't hesitate" to tackle any threats to the kingdom, according to an interview published on Sunday.Two tankers were struck by explosions on Thursday in the Gulf ...

Cricket »

More than just a game: India face Pakistan in World Cup battle royale

Virat Kohli will have history on his side when India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a World Cup blockbuster on Sunday -- a clash that is always more than just a game of cricket.India cut off bilateral cricket ties with its neighbour after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, with authorities ...

Cricket »

Eoin Morgan downplays England's injury concerns

England captain Eoin Morgan said that his team is "not at panic stations", after he and Jason Roy left the field with discomfort during the game against West Indies in Southampton on Friday, 14 June.Both Roy and Morgan had left the field at different points during West Indies' innings and ...

International »

Iran President renews ultimatum over nuclear pact compliance

Reuters, Dushanbe :Iran will continue scaling back compliance with its nuclear deal commitments unless other signatories show "positive signals", the Iranian president told a meeting of Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders in Tajikistan.Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in a 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with ...

Editorial »

Don't let successes go in vain

A total of 298 people were killed and 860 sustained injuries in road accidents across the country during the Eid-ul Fitr vacation. A report of Bangladesh Jatri Kallyan Samiti presented the statistics at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity on Saturday. It said the accidents took place within 13 ...

Entertainment »

Kareena to reunite with Aamir Khan for the Hindi remake of Forest Grump?

After Karan Johar's period drama, Takht and Homi Adajania's Angrezi Medium, Kareena Kapoor Khan has given her nod to another big project and it's one of the most awaited projects already. Thanks to the incredible popularity and credibility of its leading man, superstar Aamir Khan. Yes, after 3 Idiots (2009) ...

Editorial »

The tax-happy fat budget

THE government in the FY 2019-20 budget announcement set many promises including 8.2 percent GDP growth rate and bring down the inflation at 5.5 percent. In first look, we think the promises are over ambitious. The ever biggest budget of Tk 523,190 crore is a may appear as biggest mockery ...

City »

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Friday greeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Finance Minister AHM Mostofa Kamal for presenting people-oriented budget.


International »

Iran has no intention to make or use nuclear weapons: Khamenei

Reuters, Tokyo :Iran has no intention of making or using nuclear weapons, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Thursday by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Khamenei's comment, a reiteration of Iran's stance, comes at a time of increased US-Iranian tension, a year after Washington abandoned an ...

Entertainment »

Deepika Padukone tops the list of Most Gorgeous Women in the World by a magazine

A Global Icon, Deepika Padukone tops the list of Most Gorgeous Women in the World from Bollywood. Giving a definition to beauty, Observer Dawn wrote: “Beautiful women in the world have created a magic history through their work and other qualities.” They further added, “There is definitely more to beauty ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news