A French rescue team pulled a 16-year-old Haitian girl alive from under rubble in Port-au-Prince, 15 days after the devastating January 12 earthquake.
A French rescue team on Wednesday pulled a 16-year-old Haitian girl alive from under the rubble in Port-au-Prince, 15 days after the devastating January 12 earthquake, they said.
"She just said 'thank you,' she's very weak, which suggests that she's been there for 15 days," rescue team spokesman Commander Samuel Bernes told AFP.
"She was in a pocket surrounded by concrete, completely dehydrated," he added.
"She was treated on the spot, she wasn't able to get out alone," said Bernes, explaining that neighbors had been searching in the rubble of their home in the central Carrefour-Feuilles district when they heard a voice.
Among the wounded
Thousands of Haitians had to be amputated after serious injury during the January 12 earthquake, according to WHO. © Gaëlle Le Roux
Doctors succeeded in saving Darline’s leg and avoiding amputation © Gaëlle Le Roux
Compartment syndrome. Doctors in Haiti see it 100 times a day and see it as one of their most frustrating challenges. © Gaëlle Le Roux
Doctors gently elevated the injured leg and undid the bandages. There were gaping wounds on both sides of the tibia. © Gaëlle Le Roux
Patients wait for post-operation care in camps set up on the streets. © Gaëlle Le RouxGaëlle Le Roux
According to the UN, between 800,000 and a million people now find themselves without shelter. © Gaëlle Le Roux
Some 135 people have been pulled alive from the ruins in Port-au-Prince since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which devastated much of the capital in the worst recorded disaster to hit the Americas.
US troops on Wednesday pulled a 31-year-old man from the rubble, although he may have been buried by a building that collapsed after the earthquake, which is estimated to have killed 170,000.
On Saturday, search teams pulled a 25-year-old man out alive after 11 days under the rubble. He had been trapped in a grocer's shop and had been able to grab a small amount of food and drink to keep himself alive.
Date created : 2010-01-28