Baby pulled from rubble is reunited with mom once thought dead 54 days after Turkey quake
April 3, 2023 4:02pm
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A baby miraculously plucked alive from rubble five days after Turkey’s killer quake in February has been finally reunited with her mother, who was believed to have been killed in the disaster.
Three-and-a-half-month-old Vetin Begdas — who was given the name “Gizen,” or “Mystery,” by rescue workers — was handed to mom Yasemin Begdas on Saturday, 54 days after the child was saved from a wrecked building in the province of Hatay.
Turkey Family and Social Services Minister Derya Yanik reunited the pair after their relationship was confirmed by a DNA test.
“One of the most priceless tasks in the world is reuniting a mother with her child,” Yanik said. “Being a part of that happiness meant a lot to us as well.”
The minister shared a video of the joyful reunion on Twitter on Monday that featured the mother and daughter cuddling in a hospital bed.