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Kenya ‘Miracle’ Baby Girl Survived 3 Days Without Food and Water In Rubble of Building

( [email protected] ) May 04, 2016 12:09 PM EDT
Rescuers were surprised to find a baby girl that survived three days without food and water under the rubble of a collapsed residential building in the Kenyan capital.
A baby girl receives treatment after being rescued from the rubble of a building in Nairobi.

Rescuers were surprised to find a baby girl that survived three days without food and water under the rubble of a collapsed residential building in the Kenyan capital.

The six-month-old baby is now with her father and is making a good recovery.

"(The) guys were saying it's a miracle for the baby girl to have been in there without a scratch," Bonny Odhiambo from Red Cross told in CNN.  He also led the team involved in the rescue operation.

Odhiambo went on to explain that the baby girl was dehydrated, but had no visible injuries. The girl is named Dealeryn Saisi Wasike. She was pulled from the debris of a six-storey building at about 4 a.m. local time. After that, she was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment.

Miracle baby
Residents walk next to a collapsed building in Nairobi, Kenya,

By using specialized equipment, military search and rescue team found baby Dealeryn, who was wrapped in a blue blanket. The equipment can detect breathing beneath the rubble.

After hearing that his baby is alive, Ralson Wasike thanked God for protecting his only daughter, as per the report from Standard Digital.

So far, at least 23 have been confirmed dead after the six-storey residential block in Nairobi's poor Huruma district collapsed on Friday night. Residents say the bottom floor caved in first.

Investigators speculate heavy rains that inundated the city Friday night could be one of the reasons why the building had collapsed. They also question the owners of the building after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered them detained.

The Interior Ministry said the Huruma building had been ordered for demolition because it is close to a river, but the orders had been ignored.

Volunteers groups and rescuers are still searching for possible survivors. With the miraculous rescue of baby Dealeryn, emergency workers are encouraged to continue their efforts. Reuters reported 136 people have been rescued from the rubble.

According to Red Cross representative Arnolda Shiundu, dozens of other people are still missing. It is still unclear how many of those missing persons had escaped but had not yet been traced.

After Kenya's president visit to the site on Saturday, he ordered other buildings to be surveyed to ensure the safety of everyone.

It is also worth mentioning that similar disasters have afflicted other African residential areas. Two years ago, a church in Lagos, one of Africa's biggest cities, collapsed killing 115 people. Investigations revealed the incident was due to the building's poor construction.


Tags : Kenya Building Incident, Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, Arnolda Shiundu, Red Cross, Huruma building incident, Uhuru Kenyatta