September 15th, 2010, over forty days after thirty-three Chilean Miners became trapped 2300 feet underground when a main tunnel to the Copper and Gold mine in Copiapo, Chile collapsed, Hope has finally arrived. I am sure the anticipation for Ariel Ticona, one of the thirty-three miners trapped underground, the arrival of Hope was both joyful and painful at the same time. And I am sure his co-workers were just as moved.
Hope was born to Elizabeth Segovia, Ariel Ticona’s wife yesterday, September 15th, 2010. The healthy baby girl, whose sex was revealed in early September, was going to be named Carolina, but since this mine collapse tragedy, Segovia and Ticona decided to name the baby Esperanza, which means Hope.
Esperanza Elizabeth was born healthy and weighed almost seven pounds, and her length was recorded at nineteen inches. Mom and baby were doing fine.
The Navy in Chile has been very hands on in this mine collapse and is working on building a “rescue pod” that would enable to miners to breathe and communicate while they are being “retrieved.”
The company that runs the mine, San Esteban, is apparently filing bankruptcy which means the miners as well as all the other employees are not unemployed, but thankfully, through the Chilean government, many job offers have been coming in, so that is another reason to have “hope.”
Personally, I “hope” that Ariel Ticona, as well as the other thirty-three miners, are rescued soon and safely. And let’s “hope” that all of the miners get back safely with their loved ones, as well as Ticona and his Esperanza.