In Syria, a newborn was rescued from the rubble: she was connected by the umbilical cord to her dead mother - ForumDaily
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In Syria, a newborn was rescued from the rubble: she was connected with the umbilical cord to her deceased mother

A newborn girl was pulled alive from the rubble of a house in northern Syria. Relatives found her still tied by the umbilical cord to her mother, who died in a strong earthquake on February 6, reports The Guardian.

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The baby is the only survivor of her immediate family, all the rest died when a magnitude 7,8 earthquake struck Syria and neighboring Turkey. Every hour the number of victims of earthquakes is changing. According to the latest data, 8,5 thousand people died in Turkey, 2,5 thousand people died in Syria

The earthquake leveled the family home in the rebel-held city of Jindayris, family relative Khalil al-Suwadi said.

“We heard a scream while we were digging,” Suvadi said on February 7. “We cleaned up the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord, so we cut it and my cousin took her to the hospital.”

The video of the rescue went viral on social media.

The footage shows a man running from the rubble of a collapsed four-story building, clutching a tiny child covered in dust.

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The second man runs towards the first, carrying a blanket to try and keep the newborn warm in sub-zero temperatures, while the third screams for a car to take her to the hospital.

The child was taken to the nearby city of Afrin for treatment, and family members spent the next several hours removing the bodies of her father, Abdullah, Afraa's mother, four siblings and an aunt.

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Their bodies were laid out on the floor of a nearby relative's house before their joint funeral, which took place on 7 February.

In the dimly lit room, Suwadi looked at the lifeless corpses and recited their names.

“We have been relocated from the government-controlled eastern city of Deir ez-Zor. Abdullah is my cousin and I am married to his sister,” he said. The family home was one of about 50 houses in Jindairis that were destroyed by the earthquake.

In an incubator at a hospital in Afrin, the newborn was hooked up to an intravenous drip, her body was scarred and her left fist was wrapped in a bandage. Her forehead and fingers were still blue from the piercing cold as pediatrician Hani Maaruf monitored her vitals.

“She is now in stable condition,” Maaroof said, but noted that she arrived in poor condition. “She had several bruises and lacerations all over her body.” She also presented with hypothermia due to the extreme cold. We had to warm her up and give her calcium.”

Jindairis was captured by Turkey and its Syrian rebels in a 2018 offensive that drove Kurdish forces out of the Afrin region. Cut off from government-controlled territory, the region is heavily dependent on Turkish aid and lacks the experience or manpower to organize an effective emergency response on its own.

As Turkish forces are busy with rescue operations at the border, the search for survivors in Syrian cities such as Jindayris has been put on hold. According to the White Helmets rescue team, which operates in rebel-controlled areas of Syria, more than 210 buildings were destroyed in these areas. Another 520 were partially destroyed and thousands more were damaged.

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“We appeal to all humanitarian organizations and international bodies to provide material support and assistance,” the White Helmets said on Twitter. - Time is running out. Hundreds still remain under the rubble. Every second can mean saving a life."

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

  • Strong earthquake happened in central Turkey and northwestern Syria on February 6.
  • The number of victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria exceeded 5 thousand: Thousands of people remain under the rubble.

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