Due to Monday’s earthquake in northwest Syria, a baby girl was born in the rubble of a collapsed building; thousands of people have since offered to adopt her. Miracle baby Aya, as she has been dubbed, was still attached to her mother via umbilical cord when she was found.
The earthquake that struck Jindayris took the lives of her parents and four siblings. The hospital has admitted Aya. According to her pediatrician Hani Marouf
“She arrived on Monday in such a bad state, she had bumps, bruises, she was cold and barely breathing,”
Her condition has improved to what we consider it stable at this time. Videos of Aya’s rescue quickly gained traction online. A man was seen sprinting away from the wreckage of a building while carrying a baby that was covered in dust. The infant was taken to Dr. Marouf in the Syrian city of Afrin by Khalil al-Suwadi, a distant relative who was present when she was rescued.
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So many people want to know how to adopt her that thousands have posted requests on social media. It was said that she would be adopted by her great-uncle. One potential adopter remarked,
“I would like to adopt her and give her a decent life,”
TV host in Kuwait:
“I’m ready to take care of and adopt this child… if legal procedures allow me to.”
Hospital administrator Khalid Attiah claims he has been contacted by dozens of people from different countries who are interested in adopting baby Aya. Similarly, Dr. Attiah, whose daughter is only four months older, said,
“I won’t allow anyone to adopt her now. Until her distant family return, I’m treating her like one of my own.”
His daughter is currently being breastfed by his wife. Jindayris, Aya’s hometown, has been in the midst of a massive search for missing persons as residents sift through the rubble of destroyed buildings. In an interview with the BBC, local journalist Mohammed al-Adnan said,
“It’s a terrible mess right now. So many lives are buried in the debris. We haven’t managed to free everyone just yet.”
About 90% of the town had been devastated, according to his estimation, and most of the aid provided thus far had come from locals. The White Helmets, a group of rescue workers who have been active in Syria for more than a decade, have been providing assistance in Jindayris. They are all too familiar with the task of rescuing people from the wreckage of buildings.
“The rescuers can end up being victims too because of how unstable the building is,”“We just pulled three bodies out of this rubble and we think there is a family in there that is still alive – we will keep on working,”
After the earthquake, almost 3,000 people died in Syria. The number of fatalities in areas controlled by the opposition is not included in this tally.
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