Incredible moment shell-shocked four-year-old girl is pulled from rubble 91 HOURS after killer quake


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.

Ayda Gezgin, 4, was rescued from the rubble of her apartment building after 91 hours

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Ayda Gezgin, 4, was rescued from the rubble of her apartment building after 91 hoursCredit: EPA
The little girl was treated by medics at the scene before being taken to hospital

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The little girl was treated by medics at the scene before being taken to hospital
Ayda Gezgin is now recovering in hospital and medics say she has no sign of internal bleeding

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Ayda Gezgin is now recovering in hospital and medics say she has no sign of internal bleedingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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.

Rescuers heard a child scream and were able to locate her in the mass of destruction

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Rescuers heard a child scream and were able to locate her in the mass of destructionCredit: EPA
Ayda Gezgin was found alive next to a dishwasher

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Ayda Gezgin was found alive next to a dishwasherCredit: AP:Associated Press
The four-year-old was found buried beneath layers of concrete and twisted metal

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The four-year-old was found buried beneath layers of concrete and twisted metalCredit: AP:Associated Press

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After the team spotted her arm between layers of concrete, they began the painstaking process of bringing her to safety.

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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.

DEEP SORROW

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.

Little Elif Perincek was the 106th person to be pulled alive from the aftermath of the killer quake in Izmir.

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.

Rescuers carried the little girl to safety after her four-day ordeal

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Rescuers carried the little girl to safety after her four-day ordealCredit: AFP or licensors
Emotional rescuers cry tears of joy after finding little Ayda Gezgin alive

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Emotional rescuers cry tears of joy after finding little Ayda Gezgin aliveCredit: Reuters
Rescuers have worked tirelessly in their search for survivors

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Rescuers have worked tirelessly in their search for survivorsCredit: AFP or licensors
Buildings were almost entirely destroyed in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake

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Buildings were almost entirely destroyed in the 7.0 magnitude earthquakeCredit: AFP or licensors





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