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Updated: April 6, 2013 15:29 IST
Thane building collapse

Toddler rescued after 29 hours

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A hospital worker cares for a 10-month-old child injured in a building collapse, at a hospital on the outskirts of Mumbai on Friday.
AP A hospital worker cares for a 10-month-old child injured in a building collapse, at a hospital on the outskirts of Mumbai on Friday.

Rescuers safely pulled out a 10-month-old baby alive from the rubble, 29 hours after the disaster, but none of her family members was there to see it

Cheers greeted rescuers after they safely pulled out a 10-month-old baby alive from the rubble, 29 hours after the seven-storey building collapsed in Shil Phata area in Thane on Thursday.

Sadly, none of her family members was there to see the child’s miraculous rescue on Friday.

As nobody knows her name, she has been named ‘Gudia’ by the staff of Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial Hospital at Kalva where she is undergoing treatment.

’Gudia’ was lucky to have survived the tragedy which claimed 72 lives, including 22 women and 17 children, when the unauthorised building collapsed at Shil Phata in Mumbra near here on Thursday evening.

“We call her Gudia as we don’t know her name. She looks like a Gudia (doll) after all,” said M Waghela, a hospital staff, while cradling the baby whose face is pockmarked with bruises.

“She has had milk and is much better now. She survived by God’s grace and with his grace we want her family to come and take her,” said Mr. Waghela.

Mr. Waghela said one of Gudia’s neighbours has told hospital authorities that the toddler’s mother and aunt used to stay in the building but no one has yet turned up to claim her.

Another survivor Kutibi Shaikh, 65, was rescued from the rubble after being trapped for almost 30 hours. She was admitted to the CSM hospital late last night and is in shock but stable, doctors said.

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