Joy for mother and baby 'lost' in Haiti quake

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The Independent Online

Clutching her baby for the first time since the Haiti earthquake, Marie Miracle Seignon's smile and middle name say it all.

The 26-year-old broke down in tears and cried: "I thought she was dead," after being reunited with eight-month-old daughter Landina in London.

Ms Seignon had given up hope that Landina had survived after the hospital where she was receiving treatment for burns in Port-au-Prince collapsed in January's disaster.

Landina was plucked from the rubble and flown to Britain for treatment after a charity was unable to find her family.

But her mother was eventually tracked down six weeks ago and, following DNA tests, was flown to the UK yesterday for an emotional reunion.

Ms Seignon added: "When I saw her I was amazed. I couldn't believe she was alive."