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LONDON, England – A mother has been reunited with the baby she thought had been killed in the earthquake that hit Haiti six months ago.The 26-year-old, who was told that her child was dead after a baby of the same age was found following January’s quake, was tracked down by a charity which paid for her daughter’s treatment.On Wednesday, she wept with joy as the pair were reunited at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, saying: “My feelings were very, very strong. But when I saw her I was amazed. I couldn’t believe she was alive – this is a very happy moment.”Landina was just two months old when the quake struck Port-au-Prince, destroying the hospital where she was in intensive care being treated for burns.Some of the nurses treating her were killed but, after 48 hours trapped in the rubble, Landina was plucked free.She was brought to London by the charity, Facing The World, and had surgery on her badly burnt skull at Great Ormond Street.The charity also set about trying to trace her mother, using family documents which were also found in the rubble.Marie Seignon, whose middle name is Miracle, said she first heard her youngest child might still be alive from a friend.“A notice was put out on a radio, a friend raced to my house and said: ‘Please sit down. This may sound like something from the movies but sometimes movies do come true. I need to tell you that Landina is alive’,” she recalled.DNA tests were carried out to confirm she was Landina’s mother and Facing The World arranged a passport and a visa so they could be reunited.


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