A 2-week-old baby girl was pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building on Tuesday almost 48 hours after a massive earthquake destroyed hundreds of buildings in eastern Turkey, according to international wire reports and television footage showing the dramatic rescue. (See footage below)
Emergency workers wearing orange jumpsuits and red helmets clapped as the infant, identified by the Associated Press as Azra Karaduman, was removed from the debris, wrapped in a blanket, and handed over to medical personnel.
Hours later, the baby's mother, Semiha, was pulled from the wreckage of the building in the city of Ercis, the AP reported. The baby’s father was also reported to be trapped in the flattened home, but it was unclear whether he survived, the AP said.
Dozens of other people were also believed to be trapped in collapsed buildings and have been awaiting rescue since the 7.2 magnitude quake hit on Sunday. The death toll now stands at 432 and more than 1,350 have been injured, Turkish officials say.
-- Ann M. Simmons in Los Angeles
Photo: Turkish rescuers carry Azra Karaduman, a 2-week-old baby girl they pulled from the rubble of a building in Ercis, eastern Turkey, which was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Sunday. Credit / Associated Press
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