The arrival of a baby girl at the Copiapo maternity clinic has, quite literally, given hope to one of the 33 trapped miners in Chile.
For it’s in the clinic that baby Esperanza, the Spanish name for hope was born.
She weighed in at three kilos unaware that it could be at least another two months before her father Ariel Ticona can hold her. He had requested that the birth was filmed. The video will be sent down one of the drilling shafts.
“It’s a little bit sad because my son was not present at the birth of his daughter. I would have liked him to be here, but he couldn’t. He will see the video which will make him happier,” explained the miner’s mother, Maria Yanez
Hope’s arrival will boost the spirits of the miners 700 metres below ground as reports suggest they have become frustrated by the slow pace of the drilling work.
It is one of the world’s most challenging rescue operations but for the last four days has hit a snag. One of the drilling machines has been out of commission after breaking down.
Its thought it will be back in action on Wednesday while a third drill is has been erected in a bid to speed up the rescue.