Born out of ashes

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November 27, 2016
Born out of ashes

BLESSING: Glorias baby girl

Mom who lost three kids and partner in fire gives birth.

A mother who survived a fire at her home in which her three little angels and boyfriend perished has given birth to a baby girl.

Gloria Abrahams, 31, was five months pregnant when a blaze broke out inside their home in Macbeth Street, Eastridge, Mitchells Plain on June 12.

An electrical fault is believed to have started the fire that claimed eight lives.

On Wednesday, Gloria welcomed her sixth child into the world at Mowbray Maternity Hospital.

The child was delivered via caesarean section.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for Gloria, who lost her children Tamia Swartz, one, Cameron Fredericks, six, and Elmarie Fredericks, five, as well her boyfriend Alfonso Swartz in the blaze.

Alfonso, who worked as a security guard, was the father of little Tamia, and rescuers say he refused to leave all three children’s side as the flames engulfed the house.

Gloria also buried her siblings Kyle Abrahams, 18, Nikita Abrahams, three, and cousin Arafat Madatt, 14.

Her sister Shanice Abrahams, 22, mom Verona Abrahams, 52, friend Nawaal Erasmus, 23, and Lance Minnies, 16, were all wounded.

SURVIVOR: Gloria Abrahams, 31

On Thursday, Gloria’s father, Patrick Abrahams, 55, said they were ecstatic about the new baby.

The little girl is yet to be named.

Two weeks ago Patrick received the keys to the house after building contractors from Benchmark Building & Maintenance, appointed by Standard Bank home owners insurance, began restructuring the home from the ruins.

The new grandkid will live in the house with Patrick and relatives.

“I feel very happy and I feel overjoyed for my daughter,” he says.

“The father passed away, yes, and it is also an emotional time.

“The baby is healthy and we are looking forward to bringing her home with us here at the house.

“It is a feeling I cannot explain.”

Gloria’s aunt Noleen Momeberg, 56, says they cannot wait to bring the new baby home: “They are doing well, there were no complications. “We are looking forward to having a new grandchild inside the house.”

Gloria also has two other children, Antonio, 12, and Fanton, 10, who live in Heidelberg with their father.

Gloria is still in hospital and will hopefully return home soon.

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