A tiny baby girl dragged from the rubble two days after the Haiti earthquake is sharing a few special moments with her mother, who had thought she was dead.
Marie Miracle Seignon wept as she saw eight month old Landina in London today.
The 26-year-old mother of four flew to the UK from Haiti seven months after the devastating quake hit the Caribbean country.
After surviving the January disaster, Landina, then three months old, was evacuated to London for medical treatment. But her mother had no idea where she was and was left to assume the worst – that her daughter was no longer alive.
When the earthquake hit, Landina had been in a Haitian hospital where she was being treated for burns. The hospital she was in crumbled into a pile of rubble, killing some of the nurses looking after her.
“This is very emotional for me,” Miss Seignon said after the reunion: “I had thought Landina was dead and when I heard she was alive I was in shock, and then overjoyed and could not wait to come here."
“Seeing her now in reality is a shock to me because I last saw her as a little baby with two hands, now she has only one. Even though I had seen her in pictures I didn’t believe it. Now it’s real.”
After the quake hit her hospital, Landina was taken to another hospital in Haiti, where she had to have her arm amputated.
But British surgeon David Nott, a specialist from London, was determined to save her and brought her to Britain. He knew that she would die if she didn’t receive an operation on her badly burnt skull, and arranged for her to be brought over.
Nobody knew where her family were, or if they had survived. But months later Miss Seignon was tracked down to a shanty town in Port au Prince.
An announcement went notice out on the radio, and a friend raced to her house to tell her.
Miss Seignon will stay in London for six weeks to be with Landina before going back to Haiti. But it is still unclear what will happen to Landina after she recovers.
The charity Facing the World, Landina’s temporary legal guardian, arranged the paper for Miss Seignon to visit Britain and paid Landina’s medical bills.
The reunion will be shown on Channel 4 News at 7pm tonight.