UPDATE: Baby born to mother who died under earthquake rubble finally adopted

Miracle as baby born under the rubble of Syria´s earthquake

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09:07 (February 21) – The miracle baby whose mother died after giving birth to her under the rubble of their home following the earthquake in Syria, has been adopted.

The young girl lost bother her parents and her four siblings in the earthquake and was found still attached to her mother by her umbilical cord, 10 hours after the earthquake struck.

Initially named Aya, Arabic for miracle, she has since been renamed Afraa after her late mother by her aunt and uncle who have adopted her.

Her uncle Mr al Sawadi, a car salesman, told the AP news agency: “She is one of my children now.

“I will not differentiate between her and my children.

“She will be dearer than my children because she will keep the memory alive of her father, mother and siblings.”

Their home was also destroyed in the earthquake but despite their struggle to recover after the devastation, al Sawadi said that he believed the best place for her was with them, her family.

07:05 (February 10) – Syria´s miracle baby who was born under the rubble of her parent’s home has been named Aya, Arabic for a miracle, amazing or wonderful.

The story of her amazing survival has been told by her cousin who was one of the many people who dug into the rubble using their bare hands in an effort to find survivors.

Khalil al-Suwadi, told the Agence France Presse (AFP) that he was digging through the rubble of his brother´s home when saw his sister-in-law´s legs.  He said: “We heard a voice.

“We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord, so we cut it and took her to the hospital.”

They continued digging in the hope that someone else was alive only to find Aya was the only one, with her parents, aunt and four siblings all having perished in the earthquake.

Aya is said to be doing well although she suffered some injuries during the earthquake and according to al-Suwadi “‘She also arrived with hypothermia because of the harsh cold. We had to warm her up and administer calcium.”

She remains in an incubator.

The quake has killed more than 20,000 but sadly there are not many miracle survival stories as rescuers continue to search through the thousands of homes and buildings that collapsed. But with survivors and pets still being found there are hopes that more will have and will survive.

12:15 (February 7) – A miracle baby girl has been born under the rubble of Syria’s earthquake but sadly neither of her parents survived.

The baby girl, who has been born an orphan, was removed from the rubble after her mother went into labour. According to the Mirror on Tuesday, February 7 she was rescued in Jenderes in northeast Syria.

The story is just one of many heartbreaking stories that are coming out of Syria and Turkey, where Monday´s 7.7 magnitude early morning earthquake caused immense damage. Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed  and more than 5,000 have already been certified as dead, with some suggesting that number could rise into the tens of thousands.

Vice President Fuat Oktay of Turkey has called the earthquake the “disaster of the century” sparking an international response as emergency workers race to free those buried under the debris.

Rescue teams from all over the world have descended on the two countries but time is running out and the scale of the damage is such that as every hour passes by hope fade of finding anyone alive.

Syria, which has yet to recover from the scars of recent conflict, is further hampered by the multiple crises facing the country and the lack of international aid.

A relief worker from Aleppo, 49-year-old Ali Hussein Rashid, told the Mirror: “People were all over the street at 3 am when it first hit. But we had no cherry pickers, no equipment, nothing to pick the people out of the rubble except our hands.

“It was shocking. It can’t be described. Over 50 buildings collapsed, with just five ambulances for the whole area.”

He continued saying the area has been flattened with others describing the event as if they were under bombardment once again.

The earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria has left a trail of desolation and death, but in the midst a miracle as a baby is born under the rubble. But a baby who will never meet her parents as they died when the building they were in collapsed.

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