Earthquake in Turkey-Syria: Baby rescued from rubble reunited with aunt and uncle

An aunt and uncle have adopted a baby born under the rubble of a collapsed building in Syria, the only member of her immediate family to survive a massive earthquake.

Thousands of people had expressed interest in adopting the newborn, who was still attached to her mother by her umbilical cord when she was rescued.

She was released from the hospital after a DNA test revealed that her aunt was a blood relative.

She was in good health, according to the doctors.

“She is now one of my children,” Khalil al-Sawadi, her uncle by marriage, told the Associated Press.

“I will not make a distinction between her and my children.”

The infant has been named Afraa after her late mother. Officials named her Aya, which means miracle in Arabic, shortly after she was rescued.

Shortly after the tremor, a video of her rescue went viral on social media.

A man was seen sprinting away from the debris while carrying a dust-covered woman in his arms. She reportedly spent more than ten hours under the collapsed building, and doctors said she arrived at the hospital in critical condition, with bruises and cuts all over her body.

The building where her family lived was reportedly one of about 50 that were destroyed by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Jindayris, an opposition-held town in Idlib province near the Turkish border.

According to a relative, her mother went into labor soon after the disaster and gave birth before dying. Her father, four brothers, and an aunt were also murdered.

“This girl means so much to us because her family is gone except for this baby,” Mr Sawadi told Reuters. “She’ll be remembered by me, her aunt, and all of our relatives in her mother and father’s village.”

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