Thousands of people are trying to raise a baby girl who was born in the ruins of a house in western Syria as a result of Monday’s earthquake. Turkey earthquake: thousands pledge to adopt orphaned child
When she was rescued, this child Aya – which means a miracle in Arabic – was still attached to his mother through a spell.
Her mother, father, and four brothers all died after the earthquake that hit the city of Jindayris.
She is now in the hospital.
Hani Marouf, the doctor who is following him, says: “He arrived on Monday in a very bad condition, she was sick, and she was not breathing well”.
Now she is fine.
Videos of Aya being rescued have been widely circulated on social media. The video shows a man running from the ruins of a house with a child in his dusty hands.
Khalil al-Suwadi from a distant family was there when Aya was rescued and took him to Dr. Marouf in Afrin, Syria.
Thousands of people have gone through the forum asking for his information in order to adopt him.
One said: “I want to support him and give him a good life”.
“I am ready to raise her and take care of her…..if the law allows me to do so,” said a Kuwaiti journalist.
The head of the hospital, Khalid Attiah, says he has received many phone calls from people from all over the world who want to adopt Aya.
Dr. Attiah has a four-month-old daughter, saying: “I cannot allow anyone to take care of her now. When the distant relatives came back, I raised her as if she were one of my children.
Currently, his wife is breastfeeding him as well as their daughter.
In Aya’s hometown of Jindayris, people continue to search for their loved ones in the ruins of houses destroyed by the earthquake.
The journalist, Mohammed al-Adnan, told the BBC: “Things are chaotic. There are so many people trapped in the rubble. There are people we can’t get out.”
He says that the city is 90% destroyed and that most of the aid so far will be provided by the local people.
Rescuers from the Syrian aid organization, Casques blancs/White Helmets, who are used to rescuing people displaced by the war in Syria for more than ten years, continue to help Jindayris.
Mohammed al-Kamel said, “Emergency workers themselves can lose their lives because houses can collapse at any time.”
He said, “We took out three of these broken wheels and we think that there is a closed family and their people are strong – we are continuing the operation”.
In Syria, more than 3,000 people are known to have died due to this earthquake.
This number does not include those who died in the areas of the country that are near the weed.