Two-Week-Old Baby, and Her Mother, Rescued From Earthquake Rubble in Turkey

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Rescue workers carry a baby girl from a collapsed building in Ercis, near the eastern Turkish city of Van, October 25, 2011.

Only 2 weeks old and trapped under an earthquake-destroyed building in Turkey, rescuers found little Azra Karaduman and pulled her to safety. Then, in a glorifying reunion, they freed her mother, too.

Somehow the mother was able to contact rescuers and pass Azra through a narrow passage—officials searched for a thin rescuer to help in the passing of the baby—amid the debris of the multi-story building.

(VIDEO: Ercis in Eastern Turkey Digs Out After a 7.2-Magnitude Earthquake)

Knowing that the baby’s mother and grandmother were still trapped, oxygen was sent to the two women and work continued in an effort to rip away the barrier between trapped and free. The mother was soon pulled from the wreckage, but the fate of the grandmother wasn’t immediately known after she too was found.

The baby’s father is still missing after Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude quake killed more than 400 and injured another 1,300 in the poor eastern Turkey city of Ercis.

Rescue workers, including the military, continued clawing away at debris with heavy machinery and bare hands in hopes of finding even more survivors in the near-freezing weather.

But, for at least a moment, there was hope in Turkey thanks to the tiny life of Azra Karaduman.

MORE: After Turkey’s Earthquake: When Will the World Wise Up About Natural Disasters?

Tim Newcomb is a contributor for TIME. Find him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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