I admit that I haven’t been watching too much of the TV coverage of the earthquake diaster in Turkey. Having experienced it here, it’s so distressing to see others on the other side of the world going through the same thing (on a much larger scale).
However I was really happy to hear about the rescue in Ercis of three ladies from the same family. I say ladies – the first to be pulled out of the rubble by rescuers was tiny Azra, only two weeks old.
For two days she had been held by her mother, both of them trapped under the crushed concrete and metal of their collapsed 5-storey apartment building.
The young family reportedly live in Sivas in central Turkey, and were visiting the baby’s grandparents in Ercis when the earthquake struck. Azra’s father is still lost, buried in the rubble, from which there has been no signs of life.
But her mother Semiha (above) and grandmother Gulsaadet (below) were rescued a few hours after Azra was freed. The women were huddled together and managed to survive the freezing conditions. After being taken to a hospital in Ankara, little Azra was declared to be in good health.
Rescuer Oytun Gulpinar reportedly said of saving the women
Bringing them out is such happiness. I wouldn’t be happier if they gave me tons of money.
That rush of watching clamouring rescuers in bright orange extract a person from the rubble and the elation of hope that it brings was painfully familiar from the days following the Christchurch quake, but with these three women from the same family all saved in one day it really was an extra special moment.
(Visit Daily Mail Online for more pictures of the rescue and of Azra)