Amid what is stacking up to be the costliest natural disaster in American history, there have been many stories of human suffering. But there have been heartwarming and inspiring stories that have emerged too. Danielle Weeks’ story, bittersweet though it may be, is one of them.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, weeks gave birth to a healthy baby girl just days after she and her family fled their now destroyed Port Aransas home, according to an ABC News report.
Weeks, together with her husband, William, and her daughters Annabella, 5, and Alizabeth, 18 months, had escaped Port Aransas only days before the expecting mother was scheduled to have a C-section. On Saturday, the family attempted to travel back to Port Aransas alongside an ABC News crew to survey the damage done to their home, only for the family to be told by authorities that they could not return out of concern they might interfere with ongoing search-and-rescue efforts in the area. The ABC News crew, which was granted access to the scene, shared footage that they captured of the area with the family. The storm, unfortunately, had destroyed the Weeks’ car, overturned their RV, and sent their belongings spilling out into the storm.
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“The worst part is seeing all my kids’ stuff on the ground. I just hope everybody left,” said Danielle Weeks on Sunday, struggling to hold back her tears. After she spotted a baby’s blanket in the footage captured by ABC, she began to cry as she explained that she recognized it as the one she had been knitting for her soon to be born child.
On Tuesday morning, Danielle gave birth to a daughter, Loralynn. Now homeless, the family is unsure of what the future will hold for them. But according to William Weeks, the important thing is that the baby is safe, and that the family’s together.
“As long as she is safe,” he said, “nothing else matters.”
William Weeks also shared his thoughts on the circumstances behind the baby’s birth, and what might come next for the family — as well as the greater Port Aransas area.
Watch ABC’s footage of the family below.
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