Jordanians found it hard to believe the news which many called a “miracle”. Malak, a four-month-old baby, was found alive under the rubble of a collapsed building in Amman, after being stuck there for over 24 hours.
Rescuers pulled ‘Malak’ (angel, in Arabic) from the rubble on Wednesday night, one day after the collapse of an old building four-story building that killed at least ten people.
The miracle baby has been reunited with his parents, causing jubilant scenes in his family and among the Jordanians.
Another survivor was found Wednesday night: a 45-year-old man, also named Malak. Four bodies were also removed from the rubble of the half-century-old building in Jabal al-Weibdeh, one of Amman’s oldest neighborhoods.
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The videos showed rescuers pulling out the baby who was wearing pink pajamas and blue socks before loading him into an ambulance that rushed to the nearest hospital.
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The miracle suffers only a few bruises, her mother Israa Raed told AFP, in front of the Luzmila hospital, where Malak, her only daughter, was.
“My joy is indescribable. I give thanks to God. The doctor told me that it was a miracle that my daughter was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed four-story building.
Israa, 26, said she left her daughter with a friend who lived in a basement apartment in the building.
“I left my daughter at home and went to deliver an order & rdquor ;, said the young woman who works in the beauty products sector.
“About an hour later I got a call saying my daughter had fallen so I ran like crazy. I thought that maybe she had fallen out of bed, but when I got there, I saw that the whole building had collapsed & rdquor ;.
“A Child’s Voice”
“I screamed + where is my daughter + and wondered how all this could have happened.” “Twenty-four hours later, the rescuers told me that they heard the voice of a child (& mldr;) I said + Lord, as long as she was my daughter & rdquor ;, she continued. “She could be saved thanks to a gap in the wall through which he could breathe”according to his mother.
“All the time, I felt that I was alive and my husband reassured me by repeating that our daughter was fine and waiting for us & rdquor ;.
“When I first saw her, I recognized her thanks to her pink pajamas. I shouted for joy and prayed to God so that the others (people trapped under the rubble) would be saved & rdquor ;, adds Israa who, however, mourns the death of her friend and her daughter in the accident.
Malak’s rescue caused great relief on the Jordanian street. “It is a divine miracle that they were able to get a girl of that age alive,” Houssam Abboud, 50, told AFP.
Wissam Ziyadin, 42, said he did not believe the news when he heard it from the media.
The collapse of this building, on the other hand, caused tragedies in other families like that of Abeer, a mother who lost her three children: Mohammad, 17, Malak, 9, and Amira, 12.
This woman, who lost her husband about two years ago, left her three children at home while she went shopping.
The Jordanian prosecution ordered three arrests as part of the investigationincluding the building manager and two other people involved in the renovations that were allegedly carried out in the building, according to the official Petra news agency.