The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria has been devastating, claiming the lives of more than 45,000 people. Amidst the tragic situation, a newborn baby’s story of survival is going viral.
The infant dubbed a “miracle baby,” was reportedly discovered in the rubble in Jinderis, Syria, with her umbilical cord still attached. Her mother, Afraa Abu Hadiya, tragically died during the earthquake, The Daily Wire reported.
According to The Associated Press, the baby is the only member of her family to have survived a building collapse, with other family members’ bodies discovered near the building’s entrance. The family was reportedly trying to escape their five-story apartment building during the ordeal, CNN reported.
Dr. Hani Maarouf, the doctor treating the child, believes the baby wouldn’t have survived much longer in the elements had she not been discovered Monday afternoon. He also said the infant was likely born about three hours before rescuers located her in the rubble.
Khalil al-Suwadi, a cousin, told Agence France-Presse what happened when rescuers dug through the rubble and heard a noise.
“We heard a voice while we were digging,” al-Suwadi 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.”
The infant has a bruise on her back doctors are watching to assess whether she sustained any spinal cord injuries; so far, she appears to be moving normally.
The quake, which struck just after midnight local time, was centered on the eastern side of Turkey’s coastline. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said it was the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in a decade.
The quake was felt as far away as Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates and was followed by aftershocks that caused further damage and disruption.
The epicenter of the quake was in the Sea of Marmara, off the coast of the Turkish province of Izmit. It had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
Turkey is no stranger to earthquakes, as the country lies in an active seismic zone. In 1999, a 7.4 magnitude quake struck the northwest region of the country, leaving more than 17,000 people dead.
This latest quake has forced thousands to flee their homes and left entire cities in ruins. In addition to the physical damage, the emotional toll on survivors is immense.
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