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The miracle baby in Syria: the medical explanation of how she was born


He weighed 3,175 kilos and is stable. Experts reconstruct how the events must have occurred for the delivery to be possible.

Among the ruins of a building in Jindires, a town in northwestern Syria heavily affected by the quake, rescuers found a baby girl,

born under the rubble

and still attached

to her deceased mother

by the umbilical cord .

This girl is the only survivor of a family in which all the members died when their four-story building collapsed.


consulted with two specialists how the facts must have occurred so that the baby could be born.

And if it is possible that she did it when her mother was already lifeless.

"It's almost impossible, a real miracle. Her mother

must have been alive

until she expelled the baby. After she came out, she probably lived on her own," explains María Taborda, an obstetrician and gynecologist on duty. at the Anchorena Sanatorium in Recoleta.

Why must the mother be alive?

"Unless it is a cesarean section in which the baby is removed, when labor is triggered (TDP) the mother has to push and be alive to be

able to nourish the baby through the placenta

. So, if the mother dies, she cannot push and you have to do an emergency caesarean section," continues Taborda.

And he adds: "She must have given birth

before the building collapsed

. If a mother goes into "unemployment" you have

less than 4 minutes

to get the fetus out alive."

Ignacio Pérez Tomasone is an obstetrician at the Hospital General de Agudos Piñero.

He also explains to this medium the reason why the baby had to be born while the mother was alive.

"Without being able to analyze the situation in detail, it is most likely that she gave birth to her and died after having her vaginal delivery, that is, that the woman's death was after childbirth. It is impossible that she gave birth without life because I would not have had muscle strength, contractions or activity to be able to face labor", develops Pérez Tomasone 

And Taborda hypothesizes: "Perhaps the mother gave birth to the creature and

with her last strength

she took the baby out and placed her in the safest place she found."

For his part, Juan Sebastián Sar, an obstetrics doctor at the Naval Hospital and Trinidad Ramos Mejía, illustrates: "The uretoplacental flow depends directly on the

blood provided by the mother's heart

. So, for the blood to reach the placenta, it needs the blood that departs from the maternal ventricle.

in the middle of the cold

In a video circulating on social networks, a man is seen carrying a naked baby, covered in dust, with the umbilical cord still dangling through the rubble.

In the icy cold, another throws a blanket over the creature.

The baby was taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Afrin, where she was placed in an incubator and given vitamins.

"She arrived with her

limbs numb from the cold

, her blood pressure had dropped. We gave her first aid and put her under perfusion because she had gone too long without being fed," Dr. Hani Maaruf told the AFP agency.

The little girl has bruises, but her condition

is stable

, according to the doctor.

"She was probably born seven hours after the quake," she adds.

She weighs 3,175 kg, so she was born on schedule, she points out.


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Source: clarin

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