The aftermath of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday continues to unfold, with the heartbreaking loss of over 11,000 lives. Amidst this tragedy, a story of a newborn baby’s survival has captured the attention of many and is quickly spreading online.
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.
Hadiya appears to have given birth during the earthquake, with the umbilical cord still attached to her child when the newborn was recovered. The mother is believed to have died after the birth.
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.
“Had the girl been left for an hour more, she would have died,” he told the AP.
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.
Continue to pray for this infant, her extended family, and the millions impacted by this dire tragedy.
Praise God the King of the universe for sparing this child’s life.
The “bruise” may actually be a Mongolian Spot, not uncommon, and sometimes causes a referral to child protective services for suspicion of child abuse