Newborns bring joy amid quake gloom

An Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu helps expectant mothers deliver their babies, after the devastating earthquake that hit the country last week.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL (MAY 3, 2015) (REUTERS) – A field hospital in Kathmandu has been busy delivering babies, in the week since a devastating earthquake hit the country.

The quake has so far claimed more than 7,000 lives and the Nepalese government has put the number of injured at more than 14,350.

Thirty-one-year old doctor, Rajesh KC, met his baby girl for the first time on Sunday (May 3).

Riyanshika, a Hindi word meaning ‘goddess ‘, was born on Saturday (May 2) along with two other babies at the makeshift hospital set up by Israel.

The proud father said that he and his wife, 29-year-old Sabita Bohora KC, had spent the past week feeling terrified.

“This baby girl was expected to be delivered on 21st April and the earthquake came on 25th, it was on Saturday. At that time, we were together in the room and suddenly, the whole house started shaking, whole ground started shaking, and we were literally very afraid of the situation,” he said.

He said there were no hospitals in the city that were ready to deliver a baby, as they were all busy treating earthquake victims.

Instead, he took his wife to the Israeli field hospital, where doctors had the proper equipment to help her with her labour.

“Finally, despite this dangerous earthquake, we got a very healthy baby and we’re happy,” Rajesh added.

The facility, which was mainly set up to treat trauma injuries, has delivered at least five babies during the past few days.

The new births brought signs of hope that life goes on, said the spokesperson of the Israeli military’s hospital.

“This is also something beautiful about being able to really bring new life into the world, in a place that’s been hit so hard by such a horrific tragedy, where there have been so many deaths and so many injuries. There’s, I think, nothing more beautiful than being able to help new life come into the world here,” said Lieutenant Libby Weiss.

Three people were pulled out alive from the rubble of their home eight days after Nepal’s earthquake, an official said on Sunday, but rescuers have found about 50 bodies on a popular trekking route that was hit by an avalanche.

The current toll of 7,056 dead is likely to rise as an entire village was carried away by the avalanche and many more people are believed to have died, officials said.