Newborn baby reportedly rescued from earthquake rubble in Syria

A baby girl has reportedly been rescued from the rubble of her home after Monday’s powerful earthquake in northern Syria.

Her umbilical cord was still attached to her mother when she was found, a relative told Agence France-Presse. His mother is believed to have died after birth.

“We heard a sound while we were digging,” cousin Khalil al-Suwaidi told AFP on Tuesday. “We cleared the mud and found the baby with the umbilical cord (intact), so we cut it and my cousin took it to the hospital.”

A Syrian boy looks on as a excavator walks through the rubble of a house that killed an entire family, except for an infant, in the Syrian town of Jandares on February 7, 2023.

The girl is now being treated at a children’s hospital in the town of Afrin, where pediatrician Hani Maruf told AFP she was stable but arrived with bruises, cuts and hypothermia.

According to Swadi, the child is the only surviving member of his immediate family. They lived in a five-story apartment building that collapsed in the earthquake.

Syrians mourn the bodies of a family and close neighbors who were killed in the village of Haji Iskandar on February 7, 2023.

A man carries the body of a family member killed in an earthquake at a cemetery in Jandrees, Syria's Aleppo province, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023.

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