No quake moniker for baby-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
LOON, Bohol -- Lindolia. Lindolyn.
Those were the names suggested by Leodelyn Monreal’s neighbors after they learned that the 31-year-old gave birth to a daughter last Oct. 15, or the day a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the province.
Leodelyn, though, opted to name her fourth child Rose Marie An.
“Wa ko misugot kay makahinumdom ko pirmi sa linog (I didn’t want to be reminded of the earthquake),” she said.
She said she came up with Rose because the Roman Catholic Church observes October as the month of the Holy Rosary.
The inspiration for Marie comes from the Blessed Virgin Mary’s statue, which was not destroyed when the quake destroyed the Our Lady of Light Church, she said.
As for An, she said it’s from her niece Analyn, a nursing student who helped her during labor.
On the morning of the quake, Leodelyn said she was bleeding and she felt pain in her stomach. Her husband Edsel Rene, 36, and Analyn brought her to the hospital.
While she was filling up the form at the information desk, Leodelyn said she felt the ground shake.
They quickly ran outside, including doctors, nurses and other medical staff members. Patients were also taken to open ground.
She later saw several quake victims arrive. The hospital set up a tent, where she delivered Rose Marie past 2 p.m. amid the many aftershocks.
“Wa na ko’y uwaw-uwaw, diretso’g bilangkad aron makagawas na ang bata (I didn’t care who could see me I just spread my legs),” she said.
Living in a tent
Leodelyn said she was not only one who gave birth in the same tent. She later learned that two other women gave birth in another tent.
She had mixed emotions when she heard Rose Marie An’s first cry. “Nalipay ko nga nahadlok (I was afraid and happy).”
Until now, she would get out of bed and hug her daughter during an aftershock.
The Monreals live in a tent after the quake destroyed their house. Her husband, who is a fisherman, hasn’t been out to sea since last Oct. 16.
She said she is often awakened by rats crawling over her body. She is glad none of her children got sick.
Rose Marie An’s three older siblings have come up with her nickname: “Baby Quaky.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.