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20 June 2008 :: 14:06:45 pm 29130

Braving The Quake In China

BEIJING: (AP) The earthquake that hit southwest China Sichuan province has thrown up tales of exceptional bravery in the face of nearly impossible odds.
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Zhang Xiaoyan gave birth to a baby at a local hospital on Wednesday. A little over a month ago, she had to spend 50 hours trapped in debris without food or water. She was saved by a bulldozer operator who diligently used the machine, raising the scoop 18 feet high to allow rescuers to find her amid the debris of a seven-storey building. “The only thought I had in mind was to keep the baby alive even if it meant losing my own life,” she told local journalists in Sichuan after her delivery. The baby has been named Ai, meaning love.

Cui Changhui only had a portion of a pear for food when the earthquake struck. She survived for an unbelievable 216 hours eating earthworms, weeds and drinking her own urine. For nine days, she lived in her office building which had been totally damaged in the quake. Chi was spotted by a helicopter before relief workers identified her exact location and saved her.

Wang Youqun, a devout 60-year old, spent 196 hours buried under the debris. By the time relief workers found her, she had fallen unconscious. Wang was hit by a falling beam while she was praying at home. Her injury was minor and was covered with mud and slush. She regained consciousness when a puppy licked her face. She was lucky to get water as it had been raining. But she said she had to wait until rescuers from the Chengdu Air Force came in to drag her out of the rubble.

Lai Pingyuan, a miner, fell into a coma for 8 days after the earthquake. It took 1,200-ml of blood infusion to save him. He was operated upon to remove the clots in his head. He said it took him quite some time to reorient himself to the fact that he was alive and to start speaking .

The roof of their house collapsed on the heads of Tang Xiong, a doctor, and his wife. They were trapped in the living room with rubble separating them. His wife’s constant encouragement kept up his spirits, local reports said. The rescuers took many hours to pull out Tang even after his wife had been rescued because of lack of equipment.
School principal Ye Zhiping saved the lives of around 10,000 students. Ye had been persuading the local government to reconstruct the dilapidated school building but the authorities were not taking any action..So Ye started training his students how to handle emergencies. The training came in handy when the quake struck.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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