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'Miracle' baby: Filipino woman gives birth on roof of flooded health center

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Aizee Tumanda, a five day old infant who was born on the roof of a health clinic that was submerged by floodwaters, in Cagayan de Oro, southern Mindanao, Philippines, on Dec. 22, 2011.

msnbc.com news services report:

A Filipino woman tenderly caressed her five-day-old daughter on Thursday as she recounted how she had given birth on the roof of a submerged medical clinic at the height of the storm and floods that killed more than 1,000 people.  

Annaliza Tumanda said she, her husband and three children — aged 3 to 8 — swam from their destroyed home in Cagayan de Oro to a neighbor's three-story house. She went into labor on Saturday morning and was brought by rescuers to the roof of a health center, where she gave birth to a healthy 6.6 pound baby.

"With God's will, we survived," she said. "It was like a miracle."

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Annaliza Tumanda watches over her baby at the evacuation center. Aizee has been given the nickname Sendang, a local name for Typhoon Washi.

Erik De Castro / Reuters

Aizee is surrounded by her mother and siblings at a basketball court which serves as a government-run evacuation center.

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