“My son George was born in a catastrophic explosion, I didn’t believe we came out alive,” Edmound told Reuters.
Doctors and nurses – working in near darkness after the blasts – were able to safely deliver the baby boy, whom the couple named George, Edmound said. Edmound took photos of the entire process, later congratulating hospital staff on social media, Reuters reports.
“Thank you for bringing me safely to this world,” he said on behalf of George. “I hope I can pay you back one day. ”
Mardi, which appears to have been caused by a fireworks warehouse fire that ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored in the port, tore through the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people and injuring thousands more. The explosion wiped out the harbor and caused a wave of destruction in the city center.
“Houses, buildings, corpses in the streets, injuries,” CBS News producer Sami Aouad said. “The hospitals couldn’t accept more injuries and bodies because they were full. Beirut is a destroyed city. It’s like a real war zone. “
Investigators are grappling with whether the catastrophic explosion was caused by negligence. Many blamed the disaster on the country’s long-established political class, with some saying it was the last straw after decades of corruption and neglect.