The mother, 33, and son were in their home in Turkey's Hatay province at the time of the earthquake.
The devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have wrecked the lives of many people. However, these days of despair have also seen instances of miracles. A mother and her 10-days-old child survived just on hope and breast milk for nearly four days while trapped under debris following the devastating earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria last week.
“Amid despair, there have also been stories of "#Miracles". This is one of them”— Howard Bailey (@howardruns) February 13, 2023
“U plan lots of things when U have a new baby, and then… all of a sudden UR under rubble”
“She knew she had 2 look after Yagiz, and was able to breastfeed him in the confined space” https://t.co/VSvePXFOOq
The woman, Necla Camuz, and her newborn baby, whom she had named, Yagiz which means the "brave one", were rescued from the rubble of the ruined building that used to be their home, more than 90 hours after the earthquake struck, according to Turkish state media.
Baby Yagiz Ulas rescued after 90 hours under rubble. Source: Istanbul municipality fire department #TurkeyQuake pic.twitter.com/zvN0GT6nkp— Emily Wither (@ewither) February 10, 2023
The mother, 33, and son were in their home in Turkey's Hatay province at the time and so were, Camuz's husband of six years, Irfan, and her 3-year-old son, Yigit Kerim, according to the BBC.
His eyes wide open, Turkish baby Yagiz Ulas was wrapped in a shiny thermal blanket and carried to a field medical centre in Samandag, Hatay province, on Friday. Emergency workers also carried his mother, dazed and pale but conscious, on a stretcher. Kudos to the rescuers.— Atul Agrawal (@AtulAgra2021) February 10, 2023
Before the earthquake, Camuz said, it used to be a "nice building." After the quake struck, Camuz was buried under the debris as she held Yagiz, who was lying on her chest. The two remained stuck for days under the five-story building, located in the town of Samandag."When the earthquake started, I wanted to go to my husband who was in the other room, and he wanted to do the same thing," she said. "But as he tried to come to me with our other son, the wardrobe fell onto them and it was impossible for them to move." She recalled, "As the earthquake got bigger, the wall fell, the room was shaking, and the building was changing position. When it stopped, I didn't realize that I had fallen one floor down. I shouted their names but there was no answer."
Turkey Earthquake Disaster Miracle Rescue Operation Newborn Baby Yagiz Ulas Mother Bring Joy Amid Tragedy Video Survivors Ekrem Imamoglu https://t.co/8BF1EKRmAY— Asia Post (@AsiaPost3) February 10, 2023
The mom of the newborn told the BBC she "was terrified" that no one would come to rescue them. In these tough times, where she could have lost all hope, she relied on Yagiz for hope and she credits him for saving her life. "I think if my baby hadn't been strong enough to handle this, I wouldn't have been either," she explained. Camuz made all possible efforts to seek help. At first, she tried to get the rescuers' attention by banging on a wardrobe that had saved their lives by coming between them and the concrete that would have crushed them.
Every life saved now is a miracle.— Monica Marks (@MonicaLMarks) February 10, 2023
“In Samandag, rescuers whispering ‘inshallah’ carefully reached into the rubble & picked out a 10-day-old newborn.
His eyes wide open, baby Yagiz Ulas was wrapped in a thermal blanket & carried to a field hospital.” https://t.co/ocS0b0nlCJ
Camuz still steered through the havoc they were in and continued to breastfeed her son as they waited for help. She had no access to food or water herself, as per the BBC. As the hours and days passed, Camuz even tried to drink her own breast milk to survive. On the third day, Camuz suddenly heard dogs barking and voices approaching her way. Soon after, she was found and rescued. "I'm very happy he's a newborn baby and won't remember anything," she said. Camuz also found out when she reached the hospital that her husband, Irfan, and her three-year-old son, Yigit Kerim, had been rescued from the rubble as well.
The devastating Turkey-Syria earthquake split the earth in half. Take a look at the giant 100 ft deep and 650 ft wide crevasse that the quake opened up in the province of Hatay, Turkey:pic.twitter.com/MEp2SZnj38— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) February 11, 2023
More than 35,000 people have died from last week's earthquake, according to NBC News. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called it "the disaster of the century."
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