Emmanuelle Khnaisser was preparing to give birth as ahit Beirut on Tuesday and tore through her hospital room, her husband Edmound told Reuters. Edmound captured the incident — including the safe birth of their baby boy — on video.
The video shows windows of the hospital shattering just after Emmanuelle is wheeled into the delivery room. Edmound continues to film the scene even as he’s shaken by the blast.
“My son George was born under a catastrophic blast, I did not believe we came out alive,” Edmound told Reuters.
Doctors and nurses — working in near-darkness after the explosions — were able to safely deliver the baby boy, who the couple named George, Edmound said. Edmound took photos of the entire process, later praising the hospital workers on social media, Reuters reports.
“Thank you for bringing me safely into this world,” he said on behalf of George.