Following Monday’s big earthquake in northern Syria, a baby girl was rescued from her home’s rubble. A relative told Agence France-Presse that she was found with her mother’s umbilical cord. Her mother may have died after birth.
On Tuesday, cousin Khalil al-Suwadi told AFP they heard a voice while digging. “We removed the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord (intact), so we cut it, and my cousin took her to the hospital.”
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Syria and Turkey early Monday morning, and survivors are still being rescued.
Freezing temperatures, blocked roads, damaged infrastructure, and powerful aftershocks have hampered rescue attempts. Pediatrician Hani Maarouf told the AFP that the rescued newborn is stable but arrived with bruises, lacerations, and hypothermia at a children’s hospital in Afrin.
Suwadi believes she is her family’s sole survivor. The earthquake destroyed their five-story flat.
At least 2,500 people have died in Syria, where the sudden damage adds to the trauma and hardship of a decade-long civil conflict. According to UNICEF spokesman James Elder, 4 million people in northern Syria were displaced and dependent on humanitarian aid due to fighting. Cold weather and cholera made this winter particularly hard.
The quake damaged some hospitals, which are overflowing with casualties. Illness, especially in youngsters, worries people.