Ferraro: Rescuers in the Turkish city of Adyaman were shocked to find a man with a cigarette in his mouth when he was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building.
Ferraro - The publication of images of a man with a cigarette in his mouth coming out from under the rubble of a collapsed building due to an earthquake in Turkey has been widely viewed. This video gave hope to many, but the wife and daughter of the 58-year-old man died in this tragedy.
Soner Tugetkin, 48 hours after the earthquake in Adyaman, Turkey, came out from under the rubble with a cigarette in his mouth and was saved.
Videos of Tugetkin smoking while lying on a stretcher went viral, with users saying he gave them a reason to smile amid the tragedy.
As paramedics urged him to put down his cigarette, Tugetkin, confident that he had escaped death, refused to do so.
He explained to the Turkish media: I only had cigarettes and 1.5 liters of water with me. I was screaming for help. When I heard the response from the paramedics, I started lighting cigarettes one after another. That's why I had a cigarette in my hand when I went out.
Tugetkin refused to go to the hospital for treatment after being pulled from the rubble.
Pointing to his wife who was stuck under the rubble with their daughter, he said: I didn't want to go to the hospital because I didn't want to leave them.
This man said: I slept on the pavement until the fourth day when my wife's lifeless body was taken out. Tugetkin also lost his daughter in the earthquake.
The rescue operation continues in the most affected areas in Turkey, and there are many news about the miraculous rescue of people who were pulled out 10 days after the earthquake.
According to official statistics, more than forty thousand people have lost their lives due to the catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
A destructive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale shook Turkey on February 6th, and its intensity was so strong that other countries in West Asia, including Syria, were also severely affected by it. The epicenter of the first earthquake was announced in the city of Merash, Turkey.
A total of 50,576 buildings collapsed or were severely damaged by these earthquakes in Turkey.