Finally, A Survivor In Bangladesh
The devastating collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory swiftly took the lives of over a thousand people on April 24. 2,500 people were rescued in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, but since April 28, no other survivors had been found. Finally, someone has emerged from the rubble, alive, and able to walk.
According to The Washington Post, Reshma, a seamstress, survived for 17 days beneath the wreckage by eating dried food in her area, and drinking a spare amount of water. She was found on the second floor by crew members who were looking for bodies, not survivors. When she first heard them coming near, she banged a stick on the rubble around her to get their attention. They did not see her at first. "I never thought I'd see the light of day again," she told the private Sonoy TV from a hospital bed.
She had food for only the first 15 days of being trapped. For the last two days before she was rescued, she had only water, which she rationed carefully. When the crew found her, workers ordered the bulldozers and cranes to stop working immediately. As they worked to pull her out, they gave her water, oxygen, and saline. 40 minutes later, she was free, and on her way to a military hospital, according to Reuters.
“She was fine, no injuries. She was just trapped. The space was wide,” said Lt. Col. Moyeen, an army official at the scene. Reshna said the others she was with did not survive.
Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy, the head of the local military units, said they will continue searching until a body or survivor turns up.
Silver linings are hard to find, but deep beneath the rubble, Reshna's unbroken body was found, and saved. The fact that she sustained no serious injuries and is able to walk after what the The New York Times said is the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry, is remarkable. Her story is proof that, in even the worst cases, we can have faith in our will to survive, and know our hope for good news during a dark time is not misplaced.