The world’s seven billionth baby has been born in a packed government-run hospital in the Philippines. Weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb), Danica May Camacho was chosen by the United Nations to be one of several children around the world who will symbolically represent the global population milestone. She was delivered just before midnight on Sunday amid an explosion of press camera flashes at Manila’s Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
“She looks so lovely,” her mother, Camille Dalura, whispered softly as she cradled her tiny newborn. ”I can’t believe she is the world’s seven billionth.”
Danica’s name means morning star. She is a second child for Camille Dalura and Florante Camacho. The parents and the baby were met by officials from the UN, which named 31 October Seven Billion Day, aiming to draw attention to the challenges of the world’s growing population.
The accuracy of the projection has been questioned, with some groups arguing that the figure is more likely to be reached next year. UN officials nevertheless presented the baby and her parents with a small cake as she lay on her mother’s chest wearing a knitted red hat. The family also received a scholarship grant for Danica’s education from wellwishers and some money to help them open a shop.