October 25th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Two-week-old baby, mother pulled alive from earthquake rubble in Turkey

[Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET] A 2-week-old baby and her mother were rescued alive from the rubble of an apartment building in eastern Turkey, two days after an earthquake in the region toppled buildings and killed more than 400 people.

Rescuers also pulled the baby's paternal grandmother from the rubble, but it was not immediately clear whether she was alive. She was carried to a vehicle on a stretcher.

Dramatic video showed tiny Azra Karaduman being carried by rescuers to a vehicle that would take her to the hospital. They were holding a mask over her mouth to help give her oxygen.

The girl's father remains trapped somewhere under the rubble of the multi-story building, officials said.

[Initial post, 7:29 a.m. ET] A 2-week-old baby was pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building Tuesday in eastern Turkey, two days after a devastating earthquake.

Dramatic video showed rescuers carrying the small baby to a vehicle. A rescue operation is under way to reach the girl's mother and grandmother, officials said. They are being provided with oxygen until rescuers can get to them.

The child's father is under the rubble somewhere as well, officials said. A relative said the baby was born three weeks prematurely.

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  1. Mskel

    That baby is meant to be here! He/she is going to do something great!

    October 25, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    This was a horrifying earthquake.
    Condolences to the families of those who perished.

    I agree with you, Mskel. This baby is surviving, against all odds.
    I hope the baby leads a long and happy life.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mardi

    Awwwww, how sweet!

    October 25, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. azmat afrid

    Allah can save u if he want and nobady can harm ù

    October 25, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That line used to be in "Summertime."

    October 25, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Scottish Mama

    Hi Banasy. Hi Joey.
    Signs of life, always a welcomed sight to rescuers, it must revitalize their hope they find more.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Vedat Kürşün

    Very good news :)
    By the way, I would like to thank AKUT, the special an well trained rescue team. Bravo...

    October 25, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    That's one tough baby.

    Hi kids. Not so much paperwork today, so I can "waste" a little time clicking report abuse on comments from THAT GUY. We'll see how long CNN leaves them up there. I'm starting to get discouraged about this whole website.

    October 25, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. saywhat

    Our prayers are with the people of Turkey. This rescue brings tears to your eyes. May many more be found alive & rescued.
    Its a pity though that only calamities bring humanity together. Why havn't we humans been able to learn to live together in peace?
    look at the times we are passing thru, the post modern 'civilized' era.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. s kel

    Good news, Yeahhh.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Gene Gene the Dancing Machine

    WHAT? ^

    This is good news. Gives me hope.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. chillipepper

    That baby can tell one hell of a story when it gets older. Praise God for saving that baby and mother

    October 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. dragonex

    Glad to hear good news on survivors. Was a miracle one so small and fragile survived through this disaster. Hopefully both parents survived also.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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