THIS is the amazing moment a four-year-old girl is rescued alive from the rubble of a building 91 hours after a deadly earthquake in Turkey.
The shell-shocked girl is lifted out of the wreckage to the sound of cheers, clapping and whistling as rescuers confirm the child is alive.
As her hero rescuers lay her gently on a child-sized stretcher and cover her with a thermal emergency blanket, the stunned girl simply stares up at the sky before giving a smile as she is carried to safety.
91 HOURS BURIED
The little girl, named as Ayda Gezgin, survived 91 hours underneath the collapsed Riza Bey apartment building in the Turkish city of Izmir.
Video footage shows her rescuers desperately reaching down through layer upon layer of broken concrete and twisted metal to make contact with the dust-covered girl, who had been buried for almost four days.
Onlookers can be heard tearfully chanting “Praise God” as they realise she has survived her lengthy ordeal.
Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told local reporters that he heard a child scream and asked his colleagues to be quiet so they could find her.
After the team spotted her arm between layers of concrete, they began the painstaking process of bringing her to safety.
Her tiny body was wedged next to a sturdy dishwasher, which it is believed shielded her from the impact of the damage.
Rescuers said she waved at them, told them her name and said she was ok.
Ahmet Çelik, from the team that helped rescue Ayda, said it was an emotional moment to find the little girl alive.
“Thank God, nowhere was crushed,” he told local media.
“When she saw us, she only wanted water and buttermilk. We talked from the first contact.”
Medics have said she had no signs of internal bleeding and her vital signs are fine as she recovers in hospital from her terrifying ordeal.
Tributes have been paid to the little girl’s mother Fidan, who is believed to have passed away during the tragedy, reported local media.
A statement from the Eczacıbaşı Group, where Ayda’s mother worked as a store manager, expressed their “deep sorrow” at the devastating tragedy.
“We are experiencing the deep sorrow of losing her mother, Fidan Gezgin.
“We would like to thank all the search and rescue teams who kept our hope alive for bringing Ayda back to us.
“We extend our condolences to Fidan Gezgin and her family and all her relatives.”
The incredible rescue comes after a three-year-old girl was discovered alive in the rubble yesterday after 65 hours buried in the wreckage of her building.
Turkey’s western city of Izmir bore the brunt of the 7.0 magnitude quake that tore through Turkey and Greece on Friday, destroying at least 20 buildings and sparking a mini-tsunami that swept piles of cars and debris inland, adding to the chaos.
The death toll has now reached 100 people, with another 994 people injured in Izmir, and 147 still being treated, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said today.
Rescuers are still investigating five buildings in the search effort, in a bid to find further survivors.