Baby pulled alive from under rubble of collapsed building in Jordan
A miracle in Jordan: Four-month-old baby Malak was rescued from under the rubble of a collapsed building in Amman.
Jordanian mother Israa Raed expressed indescribable joy Thursday after her four-month-old daughter Malak was rescued from under the rubble of a collapsed building in Amman.
"I knew it was her by her pink pyjamas," Israa Raed, 26, said as quoted by AFP, after waiting for more than 24 hours for any news of her only child.
"Words cannot describe how happy I am," she said. "I thank God she's safe."
Since Tuesday, hundreds of rescuers have combed the site of the four-story residential building in Jabal Al-Weibdeh, one of Amman's oldest neighborhoods.
Local authorities said at least ten people were killed, but the survival of Malak – 'Angel' in English – brought some relief to many Jordanians who watched the disaster unfold.
"The doctor said it was a miracle for my daughter to come out safely from under the ruins of a four-story building," the mother said, standing outside Luzmila Hospital, where Malak was being kept under observation.
On Wednesday, rescue workers extracted the young girl from a narrow gap in the debris, according to video footage shared by the civil defense service. She was only slightly bruised.
#Jordan : The moment 4 month old Malak #الطفلة_ملاك was rescued from rubble of 4 storey building in #Amman 24 hours after it collapsed - rescue workers still searching #اللويبدة #عمان #الاردن pic.twitter.com/CC4O1napqw— sebastian usher (@sebusher) September 15, 2022
"I had a gut feeling that she was alive, and my husband had reassured me that she was waiting for us."
Hussam Abboud, a 50-year-old rescue worker, said that "it was a divine miracle" that Malak came out alive.
Jabal Al-Weibdeh is one of the oldest districts of Amman as it dates back to the early 20th century and is inhabited by a large number of expatriates.