A baby born in the debris of a collapsed house after the earthquake in Syria was found alive with the umbilical cord still attached.
The death toll has risen to 15,000 people after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria early Monday morning.
A baby girl was found in the northern rebel-held Syrian town of Jindayris, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). After searching through the rest of the chunks of rocks and rubble, rescuers shared the baby is the sole survivor.
According to the Christian Post, extended family members discovered the infant alive as they searched the debris and wreckage for their loved ones.
One of the relatives of the family, Khalil al-Suwadi, was on the scene when this all happened.
"We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord (intact), so we cut it, and my cousin took her to hospital," says Suwadi.
A video has gone viral since depicting a man carrying the newborn away from the debris with someone throwing a blanket to cover her up afterward, as the country is in winter with close to freezing temperatures.
The infant's mother, Afraa, father, Abdullah, four siblings and an aunt all died in the earthquake. It's unknown as to when the mother went into labour.
The little girl is recovering in the hospital in Afrin. Pediatrician Hani Maarouf told AFP that the baby weighed seven pounds and was initially in rough shape but has since stabilized.
"She had several bruises and lacerations all over her body," says Maarouf. "She also arrived with hypothermia because of the harsh cold. We had to warm her up and administer calcium. Our only concern is the bruise on her back, and we have to see whether there is any problem with her spinal cord."
The extended family held a funeral outside the home for all the deceased one day after the quake.