Haiti's Little Miracle: Baby Rescued from Debris

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - You could sense the anxiety peppered with moments of frustration outside one collapsed home in Haiti over the weekend.

From radio's that did not work to the lack of basic rescue equipment, it seemed all odds were against the two rescue teams attempting to rescue a baby buried in the rubble.

"That's the problem when you travel outside your country, you have to work within the system, you have to work with the resources you have," said Scott Mullin of the Miami-Dade Rescue Team.

Julio Michel was relying on the Miami-Dade County and French rescuers to dig through the leftovers of his home and find his loved ones. Sunday, they got word that Michel's daughter was still alive under the debris.

"I have the hope and prayer that I am going to see my family, my two children, my nieces, my mother," Michel said. "I have a hope that they are still alive."

So the rescuers began to dig with their hands, carefully removing the debris one piece at a time.

Several hours later, 2-year-old Bedensaida Michel was pulled from the rubble, much to the delight of neighbors and rescue workers.

CBN News Senior Reporter George Thomas is in Haiti.  Watch for his reports on "The 700 Club."  Check local listings and also watch for his reports on the CBN NewschannelClick play to watch the exclusive video.

David Darg is the director of International Disaster Relief and Special Projects for Operation Blessing International.  He is with the OB team currently in Haiti.  Click here to read his blog.

Her rescue was seen as a miracle five days after one of the most powerful earthquake's to hit in the area.

"I feel like I'm alive, I feel like am alive," Michel said.

Later, rescuers confirmed that his other daughter, two nieces, sister and mother were dead in the rubble.

"I was preparing to spend the rest of my life on my own, but at least now I have a daughter to look after," he added.

The little girl was quickly examined and found to be in good health. Her rescue was a rare moment of hope that capped a week of so much misery in Haiti.

It is day seven since the quake struck and there are growing fears that security conditions could get worse as aid workers struggle to get food, water and medicine to those in need.

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