Italian girl dies saving sister’s life in earthquake

The girls’ grandmother is ‘torn’ after losing one granddaughter

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Giulia Renaldo, 8, died saving her four-year-old sister’s life by lying on top of her during the magnitude 6 earthquake that struck central Italy early Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

Renaldo protected her sister Giorgia from falling debris, allowing the four-year-old to be pulled out unharmed by rescuers. She has since been taken to the hospital and is recovering along with her parents, who were injured during the quake.

Their grandmother Angela Cafini told the Daily Mail that it was a “miracle” that Girogia was alive, but that she was “torn” after losing one of her granddaughters.

The girls and their parents were staying in Cafini’s home in Pescara del Tronto for a week-long holiday from Rome, while she had been staying at another house.

“We had to leave the village because it was so unsafe,” said Cafini.

“All we could do was sit and wait. It was too dangerous to be in the village. After about 15 hours at 7 pm we got word that they had found the girls. One was alive and the other was dead,” she said.

The earthquake left the village destroyed.

Rescue missions across central Italy are still ongoing, with a current death toll of 241, though officials have warned that the number was provisionary.

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