A couple who lost their eight-month-old during the Nice terrorist attack have been reunited with their baby after a desperate appeal on social media.
The parents had reportedly lost their pram during the frenzy that followed after a lorry drove into a crowd during the Bastille Day celebrations, killing at least 84 people.
The baby’s aunt, Tiava Banner, posted a Facebook status pleading for people to contact her if they had any info about the whereabouts of her nephew, The Independent reports.
“We have lost our eight-month old baby. Friends of Nice, if you have seen him, if you were there, if you have picked him up, please contact me,” she wrote.
The post, which was shared on Facebook over 22,000 times, seemed to work as around an hour later, the baby was found alive and well, after it was discovered by a local resident who’d taken the baby into their home.
Tiava later updated her post, to thank a woman named Joy Ruez, writing: “Found! Huge thank you to Joy Ruez. Thanks to all of those on Facebook who helped us and sent us messages of support.”
She added that ‘he is well’, but there was ‘still panic’ among her family as some of her family members remained in hospital.
“Other members of the family have been hospitalised. Prayers for my family and all of the families of victims,” she wrote.
This heart-warming story came among other families desperate appeals for their loved ones who were missing, after being caught up in the Nice attack.
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Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French citizen born in Tunisia, hired a lorry to kill in Bastille Day revellers in a rampage down Nice’s seafront.
The 31-year-old suspect fired a gun from the window of the lorry as he accelerated into people driving over them, with sickening footage of the aftermath appearing on social media.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of those who are affected.