Baby born under earthquake rubble in Syria adopted by relatives | USA TODAY

Afraa, named after her late mother who died in the devastating earthquake, was adopted by relatives after thousands offered to take her in.

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Residents in a northwest Syrian town discovered a crying infant whose mother appears to have given birth to her while buried underneath the rubble of a five-story apartment building leveled by this week’s devastating earthquake, relatives and a doctor said Tuesday.

The newborn girl was found buried under the debris with her umbilical cord still connected to her mother, Afraa Abu Hadiya, who was found dead, they said. The baby was the only member of her family to survive from the building collapse Monday in the small town of Jinderis, next to the Turkish border, Ramadan Sleiman, a relative, told The Associated Press.

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  1. God bless this family because they now have this little one who is only living member of his immediate family.

  2. I am happy she will be raised by family. That is the best place for her. May she have a safe, healthy, peaceful, happy and joyful life. She is loved.

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