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|Baby's rescue rekindles hopes for quake survivors|
|01/30/01 at 07:40:49|
|Baby's rescue rekindles hopes for quake survivors |
Bhuj, India Agencies 30-01-01
The discovery of a living eight-month-old baby – covered in his dead mother's blood but cradled in her lap – yesterday captured the heartbreak and the singular miracles of India's killer earthquake.
The rescue was a rare cause for hope following the earthquake, whose damage is now estimated at up to $5.5 billion. India's prime minister acknowledged yesterday that his country was ill-prepared for disasters.
In the case of the miracle baby, doctors said the warmth of his mother's body helped him survive three days in the ruins of a collapsed building in Bhuj's Kansara Market.
"We saw the baby in the mother's lap, we saw some movement from the baby," said R.K. Thakur, a Border Security Forces assistant commandant. "I took the baby in my hand and I found it was alive."
The boy, Murtza Ali, was rushed to a medical centre, surviving relatives were found, and the child was conscious and smiling, Thakur said, adding: "It was miraculous."
There are few even partly happy endings in western India these days.
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