There are well-founded fears that baby Aya has been abducted by people posing as the baby’s relatives and the police have taken her into custody
Just days after the deadly earthquake, images of a newborn girl being rescued from the rubble in Syria – with her umbilical cord still attached – went viral and brought tears to the face of the globe.
Newborn baby found under the rubble in Aleppo, #Syria.
The building collapsed after 7.8 magnitude #earthquake jolted #Turkiye & Syria.
The mother of the baby was under the rubble. She died after he was born.#Turkey #TurkeyEarthquake pic.twitter.com/pkkjXNuqkc
— Ali Javed (@AliJaved29) February 6, 2023
The few-hour-old infant was taken to the hospital in Afrin and the doctors named the baby Aya – which means miracle in Arabic. The newborn girl – orphaned from the first minute of her life – is recovering in the incubator, with the doctors having her as their own child – in fact, the wife of the director of the hospital is breastfeeding her together with her own daughter – while thousands of people have expressed interest in adopt her or help her in any way.
However, there are now well-founded fears that little Aya has been abducted by people posing as the baby’s alleged relatives, and the police have taken over her custody.
Baby who gained global attention when she was born under earthquake rubble in Syria is given police guard in hospital over kidnap fears after strangers started turning up claiming to be relatives
https://t.co/2Me1rl3wjC via @MailOnline
— Amanda (@Joyenz1) February 14, 2023
In fact, according to a local official, on Monday night, gunmen stormed the hospital where Aya is being treated and beat the clinic’s director, Dr Khalid Attiah, who has categorically refused to give the baby up for adoption, before the last hope of grow up with her biological relative.
The doctor suspected that a nurse wanted to kidnap the little girl and chased her away. Hours later the nurse returned with the gunmen, who attacked the hospital director “because he kicked out their relative,” they said.
Aya may be able to leave the hospital on Wednesday, according to her paternal uncle – who was also killed in the quake. As Saleh al-Badran said, he and his wife will raise the baby as best they can, given the circumstances…
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