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Newborn baby saved from rubble after mom gives birth under collapsed building and dies during earthquake

The baby was born during the devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkey and was the only survivor in the family.

Newborn baby saved from rubble after mom gives birth under collapsed building and dies during earthquake
Image Source: Getty Images/Burak Kara

Turkey and Syria are facing a massive crisis after an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude devastated the country on Monday. According to The Guardian, this earthquake is regarded as the deadliest in the region in over a century. A second 7.7 quake struck on Monday again as rescuers in both nations continued to look for survivors after the previous 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in the early darkness of a winter morning. Several heartbreaking stories are springing up among the survivors and the death toll has reached 8,000 and counting. 



Among this chaos, the bittersweet story of a newborn is gaining attention. After Monday's deadly earthquake in Aleppo, Syria, a pregnant woman was trapped under a collapsed building. Local activists claimed that she gave birth to her child beneath the wreckage but passed away before rescuers could reach her. Thankfully, rescuers were able to save her infant, per CBS News. Only a few hours earlier, a Syrian volunteer group had uploaded a video of a young child being rescued from the wreckage of an earthquake in the village of Qatma. 

Image Source: Getty Images/Burak Kara
Image Source: Getty Images/Burak Kara


Syria is in trouble as a result of the 12-year terrible civil war, which has created a refugee crisis. The region most severely impacted by the earthquake is divided between territory under the authority of the Syrian government, commanded by President Bashar al-Assad and territory held by the opposition, which borders Turkey and is encircled by government troops. Senior WHO officials stated that while Turkey has a great ability to respond to the destruction caused by the earthquake on Monday, the requirements in Syria were more pressing. Adelheid Marschang, WHO Senior Emergency Officer, said, "All over Syria, the needs are highest after nearly 12 years of protracted, complex crisis, while humanitarian funding continues to decline."

Image Source: Getty Images/Burak Kara
Image Source: Getty Images/Burak Kara


On a global scale, nations and organizations have responded to the disaster with resources, supplies and personnel on the ground, as per CNN. According to Doctors Without Borders, it employs 500 people in Syria, some of whom suffered family losses in the earthquake. A rescue team from the US is anticipated to arrive in the Turkish city of Adana on Wednesday, according to NATO, which said that its countries are deploying more than 1,400 emergency response workers. Turkey will also get Mexico's rescue dogs at this time. Up to 23 million people, according to the World Health Organization, might be impacted by the earthquake. 

The World Health Organization issued a warning that the number of casualties may approach 20,000 as the scope of the destruction caused by the original earthquake and a second tremor became more apparent. The Turkish government has proclaimed a state of emergency in 10 provinces, per The Guardian. A total of 11,342 complaints of fallen buildings were received by Turkey's disaster management service, of which 5,775 were confirmed. More than 8,000 people were rescued from the rubble. Around 380,000 people, according to Turkish officials, were in hotels or government shelters, while others had taken refuge in malls, stadiums, mosques and community centers.

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