Four-year-old Giorgia Renaldo was saved by the body of her eight-year-old sister, Giulia.
According to Daily Mail, the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck near central Italy Wednesday morning left nearly 2,500 people homeless and the death toll has reached nearly 250 people.
Among the dead is 8-year-old Giulia Renaldo, who covered her younger sister Giorgia with her own body.
When emergency responders began shifting through the rubble and debris of fallen buildings, they discovered Giulia’s body and, safely tucked beneath her, Giorgia, who escaped without a scratch.
The girls were discovered in the village of Pescara del Tronto and their grandmother, Angela Cafini, openly mourned the loss of Giulia as she explained: “Giulia died saving her sister. She lay on top of her. That is the only reason she is alive. I am told she has no injuries and that is the only explanation for that.”
Cafini wept but stated: “They were found together hours after the earthquake hit us. It is a miracle that she is alive, but I am torn. I have lost one granddaughter and one has lived.”
While the price was high, little Giorgia did survive and is being double-checked at a hospital.
The rest of the village has been laid to waste and the death toll continues to rise.
BBC reported 5,000 rescue workers continue to search for survivors and over 300 survivors have been sent to hospitals for treatment.
The towns hit the hardest are Amatrice, Arquata, Accumoli and the girls’ village of Pescara del Tronto.
Rescue teams are even saving animals, with two firemen reportedly digging half-an-hour to save a trapped dog.
“It doesn’t matter to us if it’s a person or an animal, we save it,” Giana Macerata, the fire officer in charge, stated.
Rescuers remain hard at work and hope to discover more survivors. One fire department official admitted the more time passes, the harder it will be to find trapped people and animals: “The changes of finding people alive in these conditions, in this type of setting, well, it’s challenging. We need to hope and we need to work and we need to believe there’s someone out there alive who we can save.”
Meanwhile, citizens continue to help each other and mourn their lost loved ones.
Please pray the rescuers will discover all of the remaining survivors. Pray for an eternity with Christ for the departed and healing for the living.