Since the outbreak of violence in Rakhine, Myanmar in August 2017, over a million people have been displaced and many are desperately trying to make a life for themselves in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.
Thanks to donors to the Red Cross Myanmar Crisis Appeal, we’ve been able to open an emergency hospital to care for the sick or injured. Red Cross aid worker Emily Holmes saw first-hand the incredible need for the hospital when she worked there as a midwife.
One experience that will stay with her forever was when a woman named Amala arrived at the hospital well into her labour with the baby in a breech position, which is risky for both mother and child. The team quickly got into action to deliver her baby, but the little boy wasn’t breathing.
“I raced off with the baby and started performing CPR,” says Emily. “The only thing I remember clearly is thinking 'God come on, just breathe' over and over and over again. Like a mantra.
“Afterwards I noted that I had resuscitated for four minutes. It may as well have been four hours, time just seemed to suspend itself. Everything stopped, until I saw that little chest start to rise, and then the sound of the baby, letting out his first cry.”