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Eisa Hayat, British Baby Orphaned In Mecca Was Put In Body Bag Before Medics Realised He Was Alive (PICTURE)

20/05/2013 12:42 BST | Updated 20/07/2013 10:12 BST

The British toddler pulled from the wreckage of a car crash and sent to a morgue by mistake after emergency workers thought he had died, has been pictured.

Mohammed Eisa Danial Hayat, then just a year old, was the sole survivor of the devastating crash during a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on 8th February.

Eisa and his family were travelling in a taxi when it hit a bridge and flipped over, killing the driver and the whole of his family.

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Mohammed Eisa Danial Hayat survived the crash that killed his family

The driver, understood to have been going too fast at the time, was uninsured and is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Eisa suffered a dislocated shoulder, broken arm and ribs in the crash but survived thanks to his grandfather holding him tightly in his arms.

His mother Bilques, 30, who was pregnant at the time and due to give birth in eight weeks, died in the accident.

Also killed were his father Mohammed, 33, grandfather Shaukat, 56, grandmother Abida, 47, and his aunt Saira, 29.

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The crash happened as the family, from Newport, south Wales, were in the country for Umrah, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

The toddler, who has since turned two, is now back in Wales and being looked after by members of his parents' extended family.

"They thought 'oh, the little baby was dead, no-one could've survived that.' So they took him, zipped him up in the bag and took him to the morgue," Shaukat's brother, Shazada Hayat, told Wales On Sunday.

"He ended up in the mortuary. As they were putting him in [to storage], he moved around.

"They grabbed him, put him in an ambulance and rushed him to the Medina Children's Care Hospital."

Describing Eisa's survival as a "miracle", Shazada added: "To see the family of Eisa extinguished in less than probably ten seconds, what do you do? Where do you begin?

"We've got to make sure that we're all there to cushion him every time he falls, just like his parents would have done.

"No one can replace the hug of a mother and father."

Eisa's relatives now hope to lobby for better regulation of taxis in Saudi Arabia.