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Haitian man may have survived 4 wks in rubble

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#1 Cheile


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Posted 09 February 2010 - 02:12 AM




Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- A man pulled alive from the rubble of a building in Haiti's capital Monday may have been trapped since the January 12 quake that leveled much of the city, doctors reported.

The 28-year-old man, identified as Evan Muncie, was found in the wreckage of a market where he sold rice, his family told staff at a University of Miami field hospital. He suffered from extreme dehydration and malnutrition, but did not appear to have significant crushing injuries, the doctors said.

"He was emaciated. He hadn't had anything in quite some time. He had open wounds that were festering on both of his feet," said Dr. Mike Connelly, of the university's Project Medishare.

The people who brought him to the hospital said they found the man while digging out the marketplace, Connelly said.

The discovery came nearly a month after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12. More than 200,000 deaths have been blamed on the quake.

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#2 Balderdash

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:38 AM

Wow, that is incredible.  He must have found some way to at least hydrate himself in some way because you definitely can't live that long without water.

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#3 Jorgasnarova

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 10:49 PM

View PostBalderdash, on Feb 9 2010, 01:38 PM, said:

Wow, that is incredible.  He must have found some way to at least hydrate himself in some way because you definitely can't live that long without water.

People buried alive in collapsed buildings can sometimes access puddles of water from the building's fire sprinkler system, or rainwater trickling down into the debris.

The fact that a survivor was found is unsurprising.  There are precedents.  When the Sampoong department store collapsed in Seoul, South Korea in June of 1995, Park Seung Hyun, a 19-year-old shop girl buried alive in one of the sub basements in a coffin-sized space survived for 17 days before rescuers dug her out.

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