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‘Miracle baby’ born in quake rubble is adopted by her aunt and uncle – and given a new name

Aunt and uncle adopted a baby who was born in the rubble from Syria’s earthquake earlier this year.

The earthquake that struck Aleppo on 6 February claimed the lives of the little girl’s father, mother, and four siblings. Their apartment block in Jinderis, northern Aleppo, was also destroyed.

Rescuers found her more than ten hours after the earthquake struck, with her umbilical cord still attached to her mother.

Image: Mr. al Sawadi said that he and his wife would treasure their niece. Pic by AP

Khalil al-Swadi, her uncle, saved her and brought her to the hospital. Officials named her Aya, which means “a sign of God” in Arabic.


She was adopted by Mr. al Sawadi and his wife Hala on Saturday. He is a car dealer and buyer.

The couple already has four daughters and two boys. They renamed their baby Afraa in honor of her mother.

According to Mr al Sawadi, “She’s one of my children right now.”

“I won’t differentiate between my children and her.”

“She will be more dear to me than my children, because she will keep the memories of her father and mother alive.”

Image Afraa was said to be in very good health after she left the hospital

In the earthquake, the earthquake also damaged the home in which Mr al Sawadi’s wife and their children live.

Despite their difficult circumstances, they believed that baby Afraa would be in the best possible place.

“I will raise her so that she won’t feel in need of anything,” Mr al Sawadi said.

After photos of Afraa being pulled from the rubble were shown around the globe, Afraa was referred to as “the miracle child”.

Many people reached out to the hospital to offer their help and to volunteer to adopt her.

Some claimed to be related to her despite their different family names.

Police were called in to protect her, and Mr al Sawadi frequently visited her at the hospital.

The paperwork took almost two weeks to complete. To confirm her aunt’s relationship, the hospital performed a DNA test.

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Watch as a miracle baby is saved from the rubble of Syria.

After the earthquake, those who fled war-torn Syria to Turkey are being forced to return home.

Image: Afraa was saved from the rubble of Jinderis, a Syrian city. Pic: AP

Dr Hani Maarouf stated that Afraa was in good health upon her release but said it was sad and some nurses wept when she was taken from us.

The earthquake has claimed the lives of more than 5,800 people in Syria, and another 39,000 in Turkey, the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.


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