A “miracle baby” has given hope to people in Syria after a deadly earthquake hit the country and killed thousands of people.
Tragic news hit the world as magnitudes 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes shook Syria and Turkey and claimed lives as buildings collapsed one after another. As of writing, news media have confirmed at least 17,000 dead. And authorities fear that its number will likely rise with ongoing search and rescue.
And in one of the fallen buildings in Jinderis, Syria, a newborn baby was found with its umbilical cord still attached. Residents did not expect to see the baby after digging through the rubble.
Khalil al-Suwadi, the baby’s relative, told AFP how they rescued the infant. “We heard a voice while we were digging,” he said. “We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord [intact], so we cut it, and my cousin took her to hospital.”
Pregnant woman gives birth while buried under rubble in #Syria. Newborn baby is rescued,but the mother ‘tragically loses her life’ following devastating #earthquake pic.twitter.com/RAXOUL9m4Y
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Dr. Hani Maarouf said that if the baby had been found an hour later, she would probably not survive. “Had the girl been left for an hour more, she would have died.”
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CNN reports that the baby’s family attempted to escape their apartment building but failed. She apparently had four other siblings, but sadly, they did not make it. Together with their parents, they were found near the building’s entrance.
Meanwhile, the baby was found between her mother’s legs. Dr. Maarouf believed that the mother, Abu Hadiya, gave birth while buried under the rubble but died soon after. If the baby had been born before the earthquake, she would not likely survive the hours in the cold.
The miracle baby acquired a big bruise on her back and had to undergo further assessments for spinal cord injuries. But she is now in a stable condition and getting treatments correctly.
Pray for Turkey and Syria during one of its difficult times.
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