How 4-Year-Old Girl Survived

The parents of the little girl are yet to be accounted for

A four-year-old South African girl has been found alive in rubble of the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos.

The information was given by a South African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers (GOTG).

According to the organisation’s founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, the little girl named Zama was rescued when a GOTGrepresentative in Nigeria, was searching for a woman whose daughter had contacted them for help.

“A friend of Jamie's went first to the hospital on Wednesday to find one guy, and he was kicked out (by hospital staff). Jamie himself then went to the same hospital later on Wednesday evening.”

“He was also asked to leave the hospital.

On Thursday morning, the South African embassy supplied Jamie with the names of five hospitals where South Africans were possibly being treated.

The second hospital on that list was the Subol hospital in Lagos, which Jamie and his friend had been asked to leave on Wednesday.”

Sooliman said when Jamie entered Subol hospital again, staff were helpful.

While there, several South Africans recognised Jamie from the Gift of the Givers T-shirt he was wearing.

“That's when he was pointed at and there they (the South Africans) spoke to him,” Sooliman said.

“He asked if they needed anything and they said 'We haven't spoken to our family. We are injured but okay. Some of us are going to be discharged soon'.”

This was when one woman who had been rescued relayed the story of Zama.

“Zama is still at the hospital,” Sooliman said.

It is not known if Zama's parents had survived the collapse or not.

Sooliman said both South African embassy officials and local authorities were doing their best to help.


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