‘Miracle baby’ in Nairobi: six-month-old rescued from building rubble after 4 days

A six-month-old girl has recently been rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Nairobi, Kenya.

The girl, identified as Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, had been in the rubble for four days. The three-storey building collapsed last Sunday in Huruma neighborhood, killing at least 23 people.

The Kenya Red Cross said that she was found wrapped in a blanket, and had spent 80 hours inside a bucket before being rescued.

Apart from dehydration, the Red Cross said that she had no visible physical injuries.

“The child, who had been buried for about 80 hours, was found in a bucket wrapped in a blanket. She appeared dehydrated, and with no visible physical injuries,” they said in a statement.

“She must have been fairly dried when she was found. But I’m not completely surprised,”┬áDr Ian MacOnachie, expert in emergency medicine and clinical standards at the UK’s Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, told the BBC.

A man named Ralson Saisi Wasike has identified the baby as his daughter, according to the Red Cross. “Through their efforts, through their patience, through their hearts that are human, that’s why people like us, we can smile,” he told reporters in a news conference.

Dealeryn’s mother is still missing. Reports say that about 135 have been rescued, and another 93 are still unaccounted for.

“I’m very sorry and I feel so, too, because we have some other people who have not yet found their people.”

Meanwhile, the owner of the collapsed building still has not turned himself in, and is currently being encourage by police to surrender.

According to National Construction Authority chair Stephen Oundo, the building did not have the required occupancy permit.

Rescue operations are ongoing. Reports say that there could still be dozens buried under the rubble.