In the recent days I watched Anderson Cooper on CNN and I must say that I’m really impressed by his talent for presenting information. I copied part of his transcripts from December 29th and 30th where he talks about a photo of a new born baby from Malaysia. I couldn’t find the photo on the web, if anyone has it, please send it to [email protected]
29 December 2004:
Good evening again. Welcome to our international viewers as well.
We’ve been forced to show you some truly awful images the last couple of nights, and we’re sorry to say we will be doing that again this hour, and probably for hours and days to come.
There is really no choice, given the dreadful reality of what’s happened and what continues to happen in the wake of these killer waves.
But right now, for just a moment, we want you to start with something else. We want to start with this. Now, don’t look away. It’s all right. Her name is [Supia Tulasi]. She’s 3 weeks old, and she’s fine. As you can see, she’s just tired. She’s sleeping peacefully on her mother’s arm.
And that is the miracle of it, that she is with her mother, that she is OK, that she is sleeping peacefully.
Her parents were in a seaside restaurant in Panang, Malaysia. When the tsunami struck, her parents and family were swept out of their building, everyone but the baby. She was left behind, alone for hours on a mattress, floating on five feet of water.
Who is more defenseless than a little child? Who is more vulnerable? And yet when her mother and father fought their ways back into the building, from which all other life had been flushed, they found her, crying on the mattress. The tsunami that had pulled trucks out to sea and people out of swimming pools, the waves that tossed and twisted and engulfed so much and so many, had spared her, 20-day-old [Supia Tulasi].
We want you to keep her face, her hope, in mind for the rest of this hour. It will be necessary, we’re afraid.
We’re going to end this evening exactly where we began two hours ago, with a single image that deserves to be seen again. This image, of a peacefully sleeping child not quite three weeks old.
There’s nothing at all out of the ordinary about S. Tulasi of Panang, Malaysia. She has that patented angelic look babies always have when they’re comfortably asleep and can smell and sense their mothers cradling them.
Look at her. Clearly, in her tiny universe all is well with the world.
But all was not well earlier. This baby spent hours entirely alone, floating in five feet of water on a mattress after her parents and the rest of her family were washed out of their seaside restaurant by the tidal wave that did so very much damage and killed so many all along the coast of south Asia.
Grown men could not resist that tide. Buildings and cars couldn’t resist. Whole villages and families couldn’t resist. Some small islands couldn’t resist.
But when her parents fought their way back, they found S. Tulasi, 20 days old, still lying there on that mattress, crying but safe. Alone, entirely defenseless, heartbreakingly vulnerable, she’d done what so many others struggled so hard to do but could not. She had survived. A squealing bundle of hope. Something many in South Asia wish they could hold onto tonight.
31 December 2004:
Good evening again. You may not realize it, but this is the 366th day of the year. 2004 was a leap year. And it ends in a way none of us could have imagined. On this night you’ll no doubt hear a lot of talk about Father Time and Baby New Year. Tradition says old Father Time robs us of opportunities. Baby New Year gives us hope. This week for millions, hope has been a hard thing to hold on to.
So tonight we begin, as we have before, with an image we think you can hold on to, a Baby New Year we met just this week.
At first all we saw was this photo, 20-day-old Supia Tulasi, peacefully asleep in her mother’s arms. A miracle because somehow when a torrent of water washed her parents out of their restaurant in Panang, Malaysia, this little girl survived alone, on a mattress, floating in five feet of water.
Today we have a new image to show you, a video we just saw for the first time. Supia Tulasi at home, at peace, swaddled in love and drinking from a bottle of milk her mother is holding. She is not a number tonight. She is not a statistic. This little girl gives us hope, a Baby New Year to hold on to as we look forward as what’s to come.
Stay with us as we welcome a new year with hope. Hope that help arrives in time. Hope that the disaster does not worsen. And hope that the lost will and can be found.
PS: Looking at my web site visits, each month I get a couple visits from people who are looking for Anderson Cooper’s mother… Obviously this article is not what they’re looking for, who they’re looking for is Gloria Vanderbilt.