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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:08 PM
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Haiti earthquake: rescuers continue to pull survivors from the rubble
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 12:15 PM by Turborama
Source: Telegraph

Hope is beginning to fade for those who have not yet been reached, but many men, women and children trapped since Tuesday are still managing to defy the odds.

Saint-Helene Jean-Louis, 29, a student, spent more than four days beneath the collapsed University of Port-au-Prince surrounded by eight decaying bodies, one of which was entwined with her own.

After 30 hours of clawing their way through layers of debris, rescuers pulled her free before she was taken to an Israeli field hospital.

Amazingly, she was still able to take a sip of water, whisper her name and indicate where the worst of her injuries were.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralameric...



Several other miraculous recovery stories in the full article.

CNN have some good news, too.

3 pulled from rubble of grocery store

From Ivan Watson and Anderson Cooper, CNN
January 17, 2010 11:30 a.m. EST

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Three people were rescued Sunday from the rubble of a grocery store, officials told CNN, and rescuers were working to free others.

The store was housed in a three-story building, which collapsed in Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake. A joint New York fire and police department search and rescue team, as well as a team from Miami, Florida, was working to free those trapped in the ruins.

A man and a teenage girl were found alive by the New York team earlier Sunday, according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Both were taken to a U.N. hospital at Port-au-Prince's airport, where the girl, about 13, was treated for leg injuries and the man treated for undetermined injuries.

Officials told CNN a few hours later a second adult male had been recovered, and efforts were under way to find others.

Crews were working to free a fourth man, and have contact with him, said Joe Fernandez, a spokesman for the Florida search and rescue team.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/17/haiti.eart...

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Tippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:31 PM
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1. K&R For those rescued, for those waiting and for those doing the rescuing!
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 12:32 PM by Tippy
God bless all of you even if you can't read this....
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:50 PM
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2. Indeed. k&r
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Ex Lurker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:03 PM
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3. the rescued aren't out of the woods yet
crush injuries cause the body to release an enzyme which attacks the internal organs.
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jonathon Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:14 PM
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4. What hell on earth to be buried under rubble in that heat for days on end
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:02 PM
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5. SWEET! Keep it up! Keep it up! K&R!
It's been 4 days since the quake first hit...I can't believe that people are still managing to breathe under the ruins.
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