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A real miracle. In Syria, in the city of Jandairis severely hit by the earthquake that devastated the area on the border with Turkey, rescuers found a still alive baby girl in the rubble of a building: she was still tied by the umbilical cord to her mother, who died shortly after gave birth to her. The baby is the only survivor of her family. “We heard a cry and this little girl was found under a blanket of debris, thank God,” said one of the rescuers moved (EARTHQUAKE UPDATES).
The little girl is the only survivor of the family: following the collapse of a four-storey building, her mother Afraa, her father Abdullah, her three sisters, her brother and her aunt died. In a video circulating on social media, a man is seen carrying away the dust-covered newborn in the rubble, while another throws a blanket at him to cover her. The little girl was taken to hospital in the nearby town of Afrin, where she was placed in an incubator and given drips to ingest vitamins. At the beginning her conditions were difficult: her body was scarred and a bandage wrapped her left fist. When I got to the hospital, her forehead and fingers were still blue from the bitter cold. “She is now stable,” said pediatrician Hani Maarouf. “She had several bruises and lacerations all over her body. She was hypothermic due to the bitter cold. We had to warm her up and give her calcium,” the doctor stressed to AFP. According to Maarouf, the baby, who arrived with a body temperature of 35°C, was born about three hours before her discovery.
The children saved
A relative recognized the family under the debris. “I am Abdullah’s cousin and I married his sister: we are displaced from Deir Ezzor, a city controlled by the government”, says Suwadi, to whose home the bodies were taken before the funeral. The story of Jandairis’ little girl is similar to others arriving from Idlib, where two little brothers were pulled alive after a 17-hour nightmare under the blanket of debris that engulfed their home. The older one protected the younger one until rescuers arrived. A very similar story also occurred in Turkey, in Nizip, a district of Gaziantep about 30 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake, where a woman and her three children were pulled out of the remains of a building 28 hours after the earthquake .