Earlier today, the wife of one of Chile’s trapped miners gave birth to a baby girl. The baby was named Esperanza, Spanish for “hope.”
The father, Ariel Ticona, has been trapped 2,300 feet underground in a collapsed Chilean mine with 32 other miners since the August 5 cave-in. Ariel and his wife Elizabeth had already chosen the name Carolina, but he requested (either via video or handwritten letter, sources disagree) that the baby be named Esperanza instead.
Elizabeth said that the same thought had also occurred to her.
He thought of it there and I thought of it here in the house: She was going to be named Carolina Elizabeth, but now her name will be Esperanza Elizabeth.
Esperanza is also the name of the camp where many of the miners’ families have been living since the collapse.