30/01/2010

"It's a miracle," said rescue worker


French rescuers who found Darlene Etienne, 17, said it was a miracle that she had survived for more than two weeks trapped in the debris. Miss Etienne's family said she had been studying at the College of St Gerard when the powerful earthquake struck on Jan 12. "We thought she was dead," Jocelyn A. St. Jules, her cousin, said. Her discovery comes five days after the Haitian government officially announced the end of search and rescue operations."I don't know how she happened to resist that long. J.P. Malaganne. Rescuers said she was shocked and dehydrated but happy to be free.
"She just said 'thank you,' she's very weak, which suggests that she's been there for 15 days," Commander Samuel Bernes of the rescue team said. "She was in a pocket surrounded by concrete." Mr Bernes said that neighbours had been searching in the rubble of their home in the central Carrefour-Feuilles district when they heard a voice and alerted rescue teams. The girl was trapped between a collapsed wall and a door and was able to lie down, rescuers said.Miss Etienne, who has an injury to her leg, was given oxygen and taken to a French-run field hospital for treatment.
More than 130 people have been unearthed since the earthquake, but most of those were in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and authorities have said it is unlikely for anyone to survive more than 72 hours without water. But the stories of survival against the odds in Haiti continue. Earlier this week a man whose house collapsed during one of the strong aftershocks to hit the city was rescued after 12 days trapped in the rubble. 
Wismond Exantus, 25, was saved from the wreckage of the shop where he worked in Port-au-Prince on 23 January, after surviving 11 days by drinking Coca-Cola and eating snacks...He spent the 11 days buried in the ruins of the grocery store praying, reciting psalms and sleeping, he said. "I wasn't afraid because I knew they were searching and would come for me"
Let's hope that there will be more survivors in the near future. During the week I only listen to the news going to work and coming back home, on radio 3 and 4 and somehow did not realise that there'd been some survivors so I was so moved and pleased to hear that there'd been more. I do not believe in luck but I believe firmly in the power of God.  Let's praise the Lord for these lives. Let's commit in his hands the Haiti people, the UN and every rescue worker involved in restoring the country. In Jesus' name. 
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