Names in the News: Pingan, Jeremy, Francesca Marina

Three recent name stories featuring rescued babies:

  • Pingan: In March of 2014, a woman in labor and her husband were traveling to the hospital in Fujian, China, when their motorbike was hit by a truck. The couple did not survive, but their baby boy did. He has since been named Pingan, which means “safe and sound” in Chinese.
  • Jeremy: In April of 2015, Australian paramedics Jeremy Lawrance and Alex May saved the life of a baby boy who “emerged blue with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.” The baby’s parents named him Jeremy Alex, in honor of paramedics.
  • Francesca Marina: In May of 2015, the Italian navy (Marina Militare) rescued thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean. One of those migrants was a pregnant Nigerian woman who ended up giving birth aboard a navy vessel. The baby girl was named Francesca Marina — Francesca after Francis of Assisi, Marina in honor of the navy. “To her mother, she is simply called Gift.”

Sources: Rescued Mediterranean migrant gives birth to baby girl on Italian navy ship, Cairns baby named after paramedics who helped bring him into the world, First birthday against the odds, Mediterranean migrant crisis: Born on a rescue ship

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