'Baby Hope' Born to Trapped Miner

Miner's wife has couple's first daughter

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2010 3:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – One of the 33 trapped Chilean miners will have an extra family member waiting for him when he makes it to the surface. Ariel Ticona's wife has given birth to a baby girl, the couple's third child. The couple had planned to name their first daughter Carolina but will now name her Esperenza—Spanish for "Hope," the BBC reports.

The father, who has now been trapped underground for 40 days, had promised to be present at the birth and has asked for videotape of it to be sent underground. He urged his wife to stay somewhere comfortable before the birth instead of camping above the mine as many other relatives of the miners are doing. Rescue drilling has resumed after several setbacks, but Ticona is unlikely to meet his daughter before Christmas. Click here for more on the trapped miners.

Elizabeth Segovia feeds her daughter, newborn Esperanza Ticona, at the Copiapo Clinic, Copiapo.
Elizabeth Segovia feeds her daughter, newborn Esperanza Ticona, at the Copiapo Clinic, Copiapo.   (AP Photo/Aliosha Marquez)
A nurse holds newborn Esperanza Ticona, the first baby of trapped miner Ariel Ticona and his wife, Elizabeth Segovia, at the Copiapo Clinic, Copiapo.
A nurse holds newborn Esperanza Ticona, the first baby of trapped miner Ariel Ticona and his wife, Elizabeth Segovia, at the Copiapo Clinic, Copiapo.   (AP Photo/Aliosha Marquez)
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