brave tsunami to deliver baby
By Gamini Mahadura
Braving the tsunami waves and rising flood waters,
doctors at the Mahamodera hospital in Galle continued with a caesarian
operation that was in progress.
doctors were performing the operation on Rohini de Silva (28) of
Boraketiya, Uragasmanhandiya when the first wave struck, but had
decided to continue, Gynaecologist Hiran Samarage said.
said the child saw light of day at 9.24 on Sunday, minutes after
the tidal waves hit Galle and killed more than 3,000 people there.
"People shouted that tidal waves were breaking through the
town and submerging the hospital. Then there was power failure.
We have to do the sutures with the help of a candle," he said
adding that the mother and the child was despatched to safety.
expectant mothers and the staff had sought refuge at the Kovilgodalle
Viharaya. Later the staff drilled the wall and sent the patients