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Typhoon Victim Swims to Give Birth

New-born baby Bea Joy is held by relative Michelle Satur after her mother Emily Ortega, 21, gave birth in an improvised clinic at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. Bea Joy was named after her grandmother Beatrice, who was missing following the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan.  Ortega was in an evacuation center when the storm surge hit and flooded the city. She had to swim to survive before finding safety at the airport. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Photograph by ASSOCIATED PRESS

During the typhoon that hit the Philippines late last week, one mother-to-be swam for her life—and her unborn child's life.

Emily Ortega, 21, gave birth Monday to a baby girl at an emergency clinic the local airport. After Typhoon Haiyan struck the city of Tacloban, killing thousands of people in its wake, Ortega survived by clinging to a pole in the flooded city, according to NBC News.

She then swam from the evacuation center, where she had gone before the typhoon hit, to the ravaged airport.

Ortega then gave birth to Bea Joy Sagales. The baby is named after her grandmother, who is still missing. Ortega's husband was in Manila, about 360 miles northwest of Tacloban, at the time, according to the news site.

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