Rescuers pull 3-year-old from rubble 4 days after Turkey quake
Rescuers pulled a 3-year-old girl out alive from collapsed building rubble four days after a massive earthquake hit the Turkish city of Izmir.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca posted on social media, identifying the young girl as Ayda Gezgin. She was trapped inside fallen apartment building rubble for 91 hours since Friday, The Associated Press reported.
The earthquake that struck last week in the Aegean Sea caused massive devastation across Turkey and Greece.
Gezgin became the 107th person from the natural disaster to have been pulled from a collapsed building alive.
The little girl tried to call out for her mother, but her mother did not survive the earthquake. Her brother and father were not inside the building at the time of the quake.
Nusret Aksoy, a rescuer at the scene, told reporters he was digging through the toppled eight-floor building’s rubble when he heard a child screaming.
He found her tucked in a tight space next to a dishwasher with Geznig motioning she was okay, Aksoy said.
Ibrahim Topal, of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, detailed the account of how Geznig was found.
“My colleague and I looked at each other like ‘Did you hear that, too?’ We listened again. There was a very weak voice saying something like ‘I’m here.’ Then we shut everything down, the machines, and started listening again. And there really was a voice,” he said.
The Turkish health ministry said the girl was doing well but would be kept under observation in the hospital.
Geznig’s rescue follows the recovering of two other young girls who were also pulled out alive from a collapsed building in Izmir.
The earthquake has resulted in 111 known fatalities and 138 hospitalizations due to injuries caused by the quake.
The U.S. Geological Survey registered the quake’s magnitude at 7.0, though some agencies reported it was less intense.
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