The baby receives medical care at a clinic in Afrin, Syria, on Tuesday. AFP
Extended family members pulled a newborn baby alive from the rubble of a home in northern Syria, after finding her still tied by her umbilical cord to her mother, who died in Monday's massive quake, a relative said.
The infant is the sole survivor of her immediate family, the rest of whom were all killed when the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Syria and neighbouring Turkey flattened the family home in the rebel-held town of Jindayris, Khalil Al Suwadi said.
"We heard a voice while we were digging," Suwadi told reporters on Tuesday.
"We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord (intact) so we cut it and my cousin took her to hospital."
Video of the rescue went viral on social media.
The footage shows a man sprinting from the rubble of a collapsed four-storey building clutching a tiny baby covered in dust.
A second man runs towards the first carrying a blanket to try to warm the newborn in the sub-zero temperatures while a third screams for a car to take her to hospital.
The baby was taken for treatment in the nearby town of Afrin, while family members spent the next several hours recovering the bodies of her father Abdullah, mother Afraa, four siblings and an aunt.
Their bodies were laid out on the floor of an adjacent relative's home ahead of a joint funeral that was held on Tuesday.
In the dimly lit room, Suwadi stared at the lifeless corpses and listed their names.
"We are displaced from (the government-held eastern city of) Deir Ezzor. Abdullah is my cousin and I am married to his sister," he said.
Inside an incubator in the hospital in Afrin, the newborn was hooked to an intravenous drip, her body scarred, and a bandage wrapped around her left fist.
Her forehead and fingers were still blue from the biting cold as paediatrician Hani Maarouf monitored her vitals.
"She is now stable," Maarouf said but noted that she had arrived in bad condition.
"She had several bruises and lacerations over all her body," he told reporters.
"She also arrived with hypothermia because of the harsh cold. We had to warm her up and administer calcium."
Jindayris was seized by Turkey and its Syrian rebel proxies in a 2018 offensive that drove Kurdish forces from the Afrin region.
The Ministry issued a statement, calling on the citizens in the countries affected by the earthquake to take precautions and stay away from the areas affected by the earthquake.
The six people, all relatives, were helped to survive by huddling together in a small pocket left within the collapsed structure, said Murat Baygul, a search and rescue worker; in Diyarbakir, a woman was rescued more than 100 hours after the quake and rescuers were still trying to reach her child.
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