This is the story of the Miracle Babies, who survived 7 days on their own without any food, water or human contact, while being buried underneath the debris of the Hospital Juarez.
Back in September 1985 a lethal earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 hit Mexico City. More than 400 buildings collapsed during the earthquake and more than 3,000 other buildings were seriously damaged. The total damages the natural disaster caused were estimated as somewhere between $3 and $4 billion in USD.
One of the collapsed buildings was Hospital Juarez. It was built in 1847 and was considered to be one of the oldest medical institutions in Mexico. When the earthquake hit the city, the hospital was almost full with patients and staff members taking up to 80% of its full capacity. The two wings of the building collapsed within minutes and left countless people trapped inside it. Search parties were launched and over the course of the upcoming month a total of 561 bodies were found underneath the debris. Nearly 200 people were not even identified. However, the biggest mystery surrounding the collapsing of the Hospital Juarez was the fact that the newborn babies, which were housed in it when the earthquake hit the city, survived.
The babies were found a week after the earthquake and almost all of them were still alive. Somehow, the infants have managed to survive through a whole week without having any food, water or any human contact – all of which are essential for a newborn baby. The newborns were dubbed as The Miracle Babies. The whole case is also known as “The Miracle of Hospital Juarez”. Even nowadays nobody knows how the newborns survived so long underneath the hospital’s debris.