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My name is Francisco Riveros Miranda, a professional soldier of 25th Army Mobile Brigade. I have been part of the Colombian Army for 11 years. I have received training in combat nursing.
A few months ago, we were performing a military operation in Yarumal, Antioquia. The night guard was my friend Carlos Martínez. In the middle of the starry night, about twelve, we heard screams coming from an alternate road. We were alert and put into operation the security measures stated for occasions of imminent danger.
From the dense frog, a man, 65, a farmer of the region, was claiming help for his wife who was in birth labor. Our commander, LT Sanchez, took over the situation and after inspecting the terrain, he decided to head for the farmers house to verify the situation.
At 3:05 in the morning, we arrived at the house where we found a woman with labor pains. Contractions increased as the time passed by. She had to begin delivering the baby, otherwise her life would be at a high risk.
By using the first aid kit, assisted by a one of the soldier, and with my training as combat nurse, I began the procedure to bring a new human being into this world.
About an hour later, the silence of the night was broken by the crying of life; I remembered my children. The newborn was in my arms, it was a girl. I closed my eyes and thanked God for the opportunity to have received a defenseless creature.
We all cried in happiness. I asked the babys mother what would her name be, and she answered Like you.
But my name is Francisco Riveros, I said. She began laughing and said: Well, her name will be ESPERANZA (hope) because hope is the only thing nobody can take away from us if you, the soldiers, keep supporting us.