Newborn Baby Pulled Alive from Earthquake Rubble in Syria While Mother Dies

Rescuers saved a newborn baby girl from an earthquake in rubble in North-West Syria.

The baby girl was found alive with her mother’s umbilical cord still attached from the rubble of a destroyed home during the massive earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on Monday, February 6.

As reported by BBC, “Her mother went into labor soon after the disaster and gave birth before she died, a relative said. Her father, four siblings, and an aunt were also killed.”

“Dramatic footage showed a man carrying the baby, covered in dust, after she was pulled from debris in Jindayris.”

The baby was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was monitored by doctors who then declared that she was in stable condition.

“The building in which her family lived was one of about 50 reportedly destroyed by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Jindayris, an opposition-held town in Idlib province close to the Turkish border.”

The infant is the only surviving member of her family.

“We heard a voice while we were digging. We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord [intact], so we cut it, and my cousin took her to hospital,” the baby’s uncle Khalil al-Suwadi, told AFP News agency on Tuesday.

The pediatrician who monitored the baby when she arrived at the hospital said she was in bad condition with bruises and lacerations all over her body.

“She also arrived with hypothermia because of the harsh cold. We had to warm her up and administer calcium,” said Dr. Hani Maarouf.

The baby is doing fine now.

The rescue video of the baby went viral on social media, and people were heartbroken after watching the tragedy.

A massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes hit Syria and Turkey on Monday that killed thousands and many cities were severely affected. Rescue operations are ongoing in the two countries, and an emergency has been declared.

More than 11,000 people have died in the catastrophe. Reports say that this quake is one of the strongest earthquake to ever hit this region in the last 100 years.

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Source: BBC

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