Baby Pulled From Rubble in Japan
Elderly woman also rescued from house after five days
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2011 9:20 AM CDT
A father tries to flee for safety with his just reunited four-month-old baby girl who was spotted by Japan's Self-Defense Force member in the rubble of tsunami-torn Ishinomaki Monday, March 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroto Sekiguchi)
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(Newser) – From the devastation in Japan, a few miracles: Most notably, a 4-month-old baby pulled from the rubble in the coastal town of Ishinomaki, where she had been wrenched from her parents’ arms when the tsunami hit three days before. Soldiers, whose mission had turned from rescue to recovery after finding at least 2,000 bodies, at first thought they were hearing things. But when they heard the baby cry again, they pulled back wood, slate, and mud to find the little girl. Somehow, she had been spared not only from drowning, but from injury; she was simply cold and wet, and was quickly reunited with her family.

Other stories from the Daily Mail include an elderly woman rescued from the passenger seat of a wrecked car after more than 20 hours and an elderly man pulled from a collapsed building in the port town of Sendai. The AP reports on another 70-year-old woman pulled from her collapsed home after five days; the tsunami had swept her house off its foundation, with her inside. She was suffering from hypothermia but had no life-threatening injuries. A man in his 20s was also pulled from a building when rescuers heard him crying for help.