A hero nurse who saved the lives of three newborn babies when a hospital roof collapsed on them following the blast in Beirut has revealed she walked for over an hour to get the children to safety and has recalled how she reunited the babies with their worried mothers.
Pamela Zeinoun pulled a twin brother and sister and another baby from incubators following the blast in the Lebanese capital last week.
She then ran down four flights of stairs while clutching them to her chest, after she was initially knocked down by blast.
The babies, who miraculously ‘don’t have a scratch on them’, are now reunited with their mothers, who feared the worst when they saw the rubble where their babies once were.
Nurse Pamela Zeinoun pulled a twin brother and sister and another baby from incubators following the blast in the Lebanese capital last week. She is pictured holding them while looking for help
Speaking to Kate Garraway and Adil Ray on Good Morning Britain today, she said: ‘When the blast happened everything was destroyed, the ceiling fell on the ground, metal was on the floor, other incubators on the floor.
‘No one could understand what happened, we didn’t know if it was a bomb.
‘I walked around 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) to neighbouring hospitals to see if we could help the babies.
‘But none were able to help as they collapsed too.
Pamela (right) spoke to Kate Garraway (centre) and Adil Ray (left) on Good Morning Britain today, revealing she walked for an hour to find help for the babies
Pamela (left) added that people on the street were helping her, but the chaos following the blast made it difficult to get anywhere. She is pictured on the show (left) with CCTV of the hospital following the collapse right
‘I then found a car and they were able to drive me towards a hospital that was further away.
Pamela added that people on the street were helping her, but the chaos following the blast made it difficult to get anywhere.
‘People on the street took off their shirts and gave me the shirts to cover the babies, they only had on their diapers
‘I was walking for around one hour and jumping into cars and then getting back on the street, I was walking most of the time and then I was back on the street.
‘My main concern was to keep these children warm and alive
Pamela (left) has now reunited the three babies (one pictured right) with their mothers who thought their children had died
Pamela was also able to meet the eternally grateful mothers.
‘The mother saw the main floor and thought her babies had died, they were so happy to be reunited,’ she added.
‘The babies are doing very well, no scratches, as if nothing happened.
‘Their support is helping me so much, psychologically I’m doing fine because of the support I’m getting. I was so afraid the whole way but I had to be strong.
Pamela went back to work the next day to help those struggling with
The massive explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port killed more than 170 people, injured about 6,000 others and caused widespread damage last week. Pamela is pictured speaking to Adil and Kate this morning
We came into the hospital the next day and we cleaned the floors and got back to where we were
The massive explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port killed more than 170 people, injured about 6,000 others and caused widespread damage last week.
The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said three children were among the dead and at least 31 were hurt seriously enough to need hospital treatment.
As many as 100,000 children were displaced from their homes according to Save the Children, with many of them traumatised.
Pictured: The bloody rubble of the neonatal care unit after the huge blast in the Lebanese capital last week
Joy Abi Habibi, a mental health expert with Save The Children, says young people who are traumatised can react differently.
‘Headaches, nausea, bed-wetting, digestive problems are physical symptoms parents tend to overlook,’ she said. ‘They become clingy and extremely on edge.’
Zeinab Ghazale’s daughters, Yasmine, 8, and Talia, 11, have refused to sleep alone in their bedroom since the explosion, which broke windows in their apartment and sent glass flying around their room, she told AP.
‘We miraculously survived,’ said Ghazale, who had to move her daughters out of their home for a few days until the windows were fixed. ‘But my daughter Yasmin keeps asking, `Why don’t I have a normal childhood? Why do I have to go through all this when I am only 8?”