Mother, Children Rescued After Nine Days Under Turkey/Syria Quake Rubble
A mother and two children rescued in Antakya were in “reasonable condition” despite spending nine days under the rubble after the Turkey/Syria Quake, according to rescuers.
Rescuer Mehmet Eryilmaz said the woman – identified as Ela – asked what day it was when she was pulled from the wreckage.
Eryilmaz, who is a member of a team trained to perform mine rescues, said the woman asked for water in the first place but was not given anything before the medical teams intervened.
Ela and her two children were saved in Hatay, one of Turkey’s 10 southern provinces left reeling by the quakes on February 6 that have left more than 41,000 people dead in the country and its neighbour Syria. They were under the rubble for 228 hours.
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Footage showed dozens of rescuers working to save the family at the site of several collapsed buildings. The young children were carefully wrapped in blankets and carried away on stretchers, before being rushed to hospital in ambulances.
Health worker, Ali Parlas, who treated Ela and her son and daughter, said the three were dehydrated but in reasonable condition.
The miraculous rescue came after a father and his 15-year-old daughter, as well as a 42-year-old woman, were all saved overnight. TV footage broadcast in the country showed emergency workers cheering with joy and relief.
Such scenes are becoming increasingly rare in Turkey and Syria as time passes, but officials say they are determined to keep going until every trapped survivor is found.