A heroic nurse who saved the lives of three newborn babies when a hospital roof collapsed on them after the Beirut explosion has revealed she walked over an hour to get the children to safety and remembers reuniting the babies with their concerned mothers.
Pamela Zeinoun took a twin brother and sister and another baby from incubators after the explosion in the Lebanese capital last week.
She then ran down four flights of stairs clutching them to her chest, after initially being knocked down by an explosion.
The babies, who miraculously have “no scratch”, 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 after the explosion in the Lebanese capital last week. She is depicted holding them while seeking help
Speaking to Kate Garraway and Adil Ray on Good Morning Britain today, she said: ‘When the explosion happened, everything was destroyed, the ceiling fell to the floor, metal was on the floor, other incubators on the floor.
‘Nobody understood what was happening, we didn’t know if it was a bomb.
“I walked about three miles to neighboring hospitals to see if we could help the babies.
But no one could help when they collapsed too.
Pamela (right) spoke to Kate Garraway (center) and Adil Ray (left) on Good Morning Britain today and revealed she walked for an hour to seek help for the babies
Pamela (left) added that people on the street were helping her, but the chaos after the explosion made it difficult to get anywhere. She is depicted on the show (left) with CCTV from the hospital after the right collapse
‘I then found a car and they were able to drive me to a hospital further away.
Pamela added that people on the street were helping her, but the chaos after the explosion made it difficult to get anywhere.
People in the street took off their shirts and gave me the shirts to cover the babies, they only had their diapers
‘I walked for about an hour and jumped in cars and then came back onto the street, I walked most of the time and then I was back on the street.
‘My main concern was to keep these kids warm and alive
Pamela (left) has now reunited the three babies (a photo on the right) with their mothers who thought their children had died
Pamela was also able to meet the eternally grateful mothers.
‘The mother saw the ground floor and thought her babies had died, they were so happy to be reunited,’ she added.
‘The babies are doing very well, no scratches, like nothing happened.
‘Their support helps me enormously, psychologically I am doing well because of the support I receive. I was so scared all the way, but I had to be strong.
Pamela went back to work the next day to help those who were struggling
The massive explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut last week killed more than 170 people, injured about 6,000 others and caused extensive damage. Pamela is pictured speaking to Adil and Kate this morning
We got to the hospital the next day and we cleaned the floors and went back to where we were
The massive explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut last week killed more than 170 people, injured about 6,000 others and caused extensive damage.
The UN children’s agency UNICEF said there were three children among the dead and that at least 31 children had been injured seriously enough to undergo hospitalization.
As many as 100,000 children have been driven from their homes, according to Save the Children, and many of them are traumatized.
Pictured: The bloody debris of neonatal care unit after massive explosion in Lebanese capital last week
Joy Abi Habibi, a mental health expert at Save The Children, says young people who are traumatized may react differently.
“Headaches, nausea, bed-wetting and digestive problems are physical symptoms that parents often overlook,” she said. “They become clingy and extremely nervous.”
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 glass flew 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 repaired. ‘But my daughter Yasmin keeps asking,’ Why don’t I have a normal childhood? Why do I have to go through all of this when I’m only 8? ”