Rescuers in Italy had an inspiring moment on Wednesday when they pulled a 10-year-old girl from the rubble of an earthquake that leveled three towns in the central part of the country and has left at least 247 dead and hundreds more wounded. The miraculous rescue happened in Pescara del Tronto, a town about 60 miles north of Rome that was almost entirely demolished in the quake that struck in the early morning hours as most in the country were sleeping. Two women reportedly ran down the street screaming, “She’s alive!” after they’d heard someone buried beneath the ruins. Rescue workers then investigated. “You can hear something under here. Quiet, quiet,” one rescue worker said, The Associated Press reported. Upon learning the girl’s name, he encouraged her to not give up, saying, “Come on, Giulia, come on, Giulia,” as his colleagues delicately tried to pull away debris and maneuver her body out from under the rubble. Soon, they lifted Giulia out and cheers erupted among them. The girl was covered in a thick layer of dust and looked to be shaken from the traumatic experience, but otherwise appeared to be unharmed. Watch video of the dramatic moment below.
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Giulia wasn’t the only young girl rescued on Wednesday. In Amatrice, another town devastated by the quake, an 8-year-old girl was saved after workers noticed her leg sticking out from the rubble. Photos showed her lying on a gurney wearing a pink outfit and oxygen mask as rescuers whisked her away from the rubble. One of them reportedly shouted, “Bella ragazza!” — meaning beautiful girl — while other rescuers cheered as she was carried away.
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