Baby Arrives Safely in Shelter Amid 170-MPH Winds

British midwife happened to be visiting Australia
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Palm leaves and a metal fence litter the garden square in Mission Beach, Australia, Friday.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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(Newser) – The massive Cyclone Yasi left a path of destruction in Australia and may have destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of banana and sugar cane crops, but officials are relieved that only one death has been reported so far, reports AP. In fact, that news is being tempered with a headline-making baby who decided to arrive early—while her mother was huddled in a shelter amid 170-mile winds, notes the Sun.

Luckily for mom Akiko Pruss, one of her fellow shelter-seekers happened to a midwife visiting from Britain. "It was a perfect natural delivery," says the Good Samaritan, Carol Weeks. "The baby is doing great and mum's doing wonderfully."

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