Amid devastating loss, Turkish family reunited with ‘miracle baby’ found in quake rubble

“Hope Amid Heartache: Miracle Baby Reunited With Family After Earthquake Destruction”

The article tells the story of a Turkish family who were reunited with their “miracle baby” after she was found alive in the rubble of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the city of Izmir in October 2020. The family had lost seven other family members in the disaster, including the baby’s father and grandmother, but were able to find the baby alive, buried under the rubble. The baby was taken to the hospital and was later reunited with her family. The story highlights the resilience of the family, who have managed to find hope amidst their devastating loss. It also serves as a reminder of the power of miracles and the importance of staying hopeful in the face of tragedy.

“Hope Amid Heartache: Miracle Baby Reunited With Family After Earthquake Destruction”


Like thousands of families in Turkey and Syria, the Fansas’ lives were shattered by last week’s earthquakes. But Nilay Fansa and her husband Cengiz are also clinging to their “miracle child”.

The February 6 earthquakes trapped the family under the rubble of what had been their seven-story building in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. Nilay was released about 14 hours later, followed by her 4-year-old daughter, Nil, and finally Cengiz.

The body of middle daughter Alin, aged 2, was found four days after the earthquake, and fans assumed that child Birce was also killed.

The Fansa family -- Nilay and Cengiz with daughters Birce, Alin and Nil -- in December.

“I was still in shock after the event,” Nilay told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta through an interpreter on Tuesday. “At that time, being the fifth day, I thought we would see his lifeless body.”

Little did they know that just minutes after the quake, a neighbor who thought he was following the sounds of a cat helped him find 8-month-old Birce alive in the rubble.

“When the earthquake hit, she was thrown from the fifth floor,” Nilay said. “He basically fell out of the window. And so she survived too – otherwise, the place where her crib had been was completely crushed under the concrete.

“That’s why he’s a miracle child.”

After Birce was released, she spent five days in intensive care with a broken leg, a fractured skull and some bleeding on the brain. None of her rescuers recognized her, so social media users shared images in hopes of finding her family.

Back among the ruins, Nilay’s sister mentioned to a neighbor that Fansa was still looking for the child.

Birce's doctors say he is on the road to recovery.

“I saw it being taken out on the very first day,” the neighbor replied, according to Nilay. “I actually saw a rescue happen just half an hour later.”

Through social media posts, the family identified baby Birce and learned that she was taken to the Adana City Teaching and Research Hospital, the largest trauma hospital in the earthquake area, where they were eventually reunited.

“Of course, I’m devastated about my other daughter,” Nilay told Gupta. But Birce is getting better and “God willing, I hope she’ll be discharged soon.”

Stories of survival are becoming increasingly rare eight days after the earthquake, which killed more than 41,200 people in Turkey and Syria.

UNICEF said it was “tragicly clear” that the number of children killed “will continue to rise”.

James Elder, spokesman for the United Nations children’s agency, said 4.6 million children live in the 10 Turkish provinces affected by the disaster, while in Syria, 2.5 million children have been affected.

The World Health Organization emphasizes the need to “focus on trauma rehabilitation” for survivors.

WHO representative for Turkey, Batyr Berdyklychev, highlighted the “growing problem” of a “traumatized population”, forecasting the need for psychological and mental health services in the affected regions.

“People are only now starting to realize what happened to them after this period of shock,” he said in Adana on Tuesday.

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