Miracle as two-week-old girl is plucked naked from Turkey quake rubble... and mother and grandmother are rescued hours later
Rescuers clapped and cheered as they pulled the infant alive from the rubble of the Turkish earthquake – almost 48 hours after the disaster struck.
The youngster, whose name means ‘help’ in Hebrew, survived despite being naked in freezing conditions. Her mother and grandmother were later plucked alive from the same collapsed building.
Television footage showed emergency workers applauding as the baby, Azra Karaduman, was removed from the hulk of crushed concrete and metal.
A rescuer cradled the infant, who was then wrapped in a blanket and handed over to a medic amid a scrum of emergency workers and journalists.
The baby was said to be in good health but was flown to a hospital in Ankara.
And this afternoon, a ten-year-old boy was pulled alive from the rubble after an incredible 54 HOURS.
Authorities yesterday said the death toll had risen to at least 432 in Ercis and the provincial capital, Van, as a result of the 7.2-magnitude quake on Sunday.
There was a race against time to free dozens trapped inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris.
At least nine were rescued yesterday, although many more bodies were discovered.
Authorities have warned survivors not to enter damaged buildings and thousands were spending a third night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes.
The baby’s mother, Semiha, and grandmother, Gulsaadet, were huddled together with the baby clinging to her mother’s shoulder when rescuers found them, emergency worker Kadir Direk said.
There was a bakery at the ground floor of the building, which may have kept them warm, he added.
He said Azra’s mother was semi-conscious but woke when he reached her.
Azra’s uncle Senol Yigit watched the rescue from outside, sobbing: ‘It’s a miracle.’ He said: ‘I’m so happy. What can I say? We had lost hope when we first saw the building.’
Rescuer Oytun Gulpinar added: ‘Bringing them out is such happiness. I wouldn’t be happier if they gave me tons of money.’
But workers could not find the baby’s father and there were no other signs of life in the shattered building, he said. It was reported the family live in Sivas, central Turkey, but were visiting the girl’s grandmother and grandfather.
Nine-year-old Oguz Isler was also rescued along with his sister and cousin, but last night he was waiting at the foot of the same pile of debris that was his aunt’s apartment block for news of his parents who remain buried inside.