After giving birth to a baby girl (Aya), a woman perished beneath the rubble of buildings destroyed by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Syria.
The newborn was discovered connected to her lifeless mother by her umbilical cord beneath concrete and metal debris in Jindayris, Syria more than 10 hours after the earthquake devastated the country.
The baby’s mother, identified as Abu Hadiya, as well as the baby’s father and four siblings were killed, but the baby miraculously survived and was rushed to the hospital.
It was reported that the doctors appropriately named the baby Aya, which in Arabic means “a sign from God.”
The orphaned Aya has been adopted by her great-uncle Salah al-Badran, who will take her home when she is released from the hospital.
According to Dr. Hani Maarouf, Aya’s condition is improving daily and she sustained no spine damage, as was initially feared.
The doctor speculated that the baby’s mother gave birth to the girl and then died in the rubble just hours before rescuers discovered them.
Dramatic footage of the infant’s rescue from the wreckage has been shared on social media.
The video depicts a man running over the debris with a dust-covered infant in his arms, her umbilical cord still dangling, while another man throws a blanket over her.
Aya was rushed to Cihan Hospital in Afrin for treatment and placed in an incubator after her body temperature dropped to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Had the girl been left for an additional hour, she would have perished,” said Maarouf.
He added that she was covered in bruises and wounds and had hypothermia. The region was experiencing a winter storm at the time of the earthquake.
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