The nation’s hearts were full after hearing the much-loved Abdallah family welcomed a new baby girl. Leila and Danny Abdallah ʟᴏsᴛ their daughters Sienna, 8, and Angelina, 12, and son Anthony, 13, in the tragedy at Oatlands in western Sydney on February 1, 2020. The parents have revealed the heartwarming reason behind the name of their new baby girl.
The couple named their newborn daughter Selina, a mix of Sienna and Angelina, after their two daughters who passed away. Selina weighs a healthy 3.31kgs and was delivered at 7.45am on Friday, 18th March. The family previously said they hoped the baby would mark a new beginning for their remaining children Liana, 12, Alex, 7, and Michael, 5. The couple have credited their eldest daughter Liana. Their eldest daughter Liana said: ” She’s beautiful, so tiny, can we please call her Selina, it’s a mix of Sienna and Angelina? I love her so much.” In adorable footage posted to the couple’s social media pages the three children are seen meeting their baby sister for the first time.
As the children excitedly seat themselves on their mother’s hospital bed she asks if they are ready to meet little Selina and places her gently in Liana’s arms. “Why is she crying?,” the concerned 12-year-old asks. “I don’t know, because she is a baby,” her mother replies with a laugh. Supporters quickly flooded the comment section of the video with messages of love and appreciation for the new name. “A beautiful name for such a precious child. May God continue to give you all strength and comfort,” one woman wrote. “God bless your beautiful family. Selina is such a beautiful name,” another wrote.
Abdallah previously said it had felt ‘surreal’ seeing baby Selina for the first time and said had cried tears of joy. She said:” We’ve brought a new life into the world, I can’t believe how blessed we are after everything we’ve lost. She will carry on Sienna, Angelina and Anthony’s memories. She’s taught us life hits us with bad things but not to give up – we feel really blessed. She’s our seventh child, a little girl, I’m almost speechless.”
Abdallah decided to keep trying for a seventh child after being inspired by Liana, who had prayed for a new baby sister and been given the right to name her. The Maronite Christian couple somehow managed to forgive the drug-affected driver who ᴄᴜᴛ their children’s lives short. Abdallah said:” I learned to forgive the driver who took three of my children, I didn’t want my three surviving children to grow up angry.”