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Mom breastfed her newborn son for nearly four days while trapped under earthquake debris in Turkey

Necla Camuz and her 10-day-old son, Yagiz Ulas, miraculously survived for nearly four days while trapped under debris.

Mom breastfed her newborn son for nearly four days while trapped under earthquake debris in Turkey
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Necla Camuz, 33 and her 10-day-old son, Yagiz Ulas, miraculously survived for nearly four days while trapped under debris in the wake of the devastating earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria last week. At the time of the quake, Camuz, her husband and her 3-year-old son were inside their home in Hatay province. Camuz was buried holding Yagiz, who was lying on her chest and the two remained stuck for days underneath the five-story building in the town of Samandah.

The mom told the BBC she was terrified that no one would come to their rescue and she did not believe she would survive. However, she found hope in her newborn and now credits him for saving her life. "I think if my baby hadn't been strong enough to handle this, I wouldn't have been either," she explained. After more than 90 hours, Camuz and Yagiz were eventually rescued from the rubble of their former home. This mother and son duo's story of survival serves as an inspiring reminder that no one should lose hope.

Image Source: GettyImages/Photo By: 	Mehmet Kacmaz
Image Source: GettyImages/Photo By: Mehmet Kacmaz

 

Necla Camuz and her infant son, only 3 weeks old, were trapped beneath the rubble of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey last week. At first, Camuz attempted to get the rescuers' attention by banging on a wardrobe that had saved their lives by stopping them from being crushed by concrete. But for days, her pleas went unheard. Fortunately, Camuz managed to breastfeed her son as they waited for help but was unable to consume any food or water of her own, according to the BBC. At one point, she even attempted to drink her own breast milk.

On the third day, Camuz suddenly heard the sound of dogs barking and voices approaching. Soon after, the rescuers found her. The mom and son were not seriously injured despite their ordeal and were discharged from the hospital 24 hours after they were admitted. Camuz's husband Irfan and eldest son Yigit also survived, although they suffered some serious injuries to their legs and feet.

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Image Source: GettyImages/Photo by: Credit: mustafaoncul

 

Now, Camuz and her family of 13 are homeless. But she is thankful to be alive and is happy her son will have little memory of the harrowing experience. "I'm very happy he's a newborn baby and won't remember anything," she says. More than 35,000 people have died from last week's earthquake, according to NBC News. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan has called it "the disaster of the century."

Cover Image Source: Volunteers and rescue teams work for a ruined building on February 11, 2023, in Adiyaman, Turkey. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Gaziantep, Turkey. (Photo by Mehmet Kacmaz/Getty Images)
 Image Source: Getty Images/Photo by Mehmet Kacmaz

 

Though Camuz and her family have suffered immense tragedy and loss, her incredible story of survival is a beacon of hope in these difficult times. Her strength and courage in the face of tremendous adversity are truly remarkable.

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