Text From NZ Rubble: 'Mommy, I Got Buried'

Family holds out hope even though texts stopped
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2011 2:36 PM CST
A car lies buried by rubble in the port town of Lyttelton on February 25, which was the epicenter of the 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Stats about the missing and the dead say so much about tragedies like the one that struck New Zealand—the reality comes through in harrowing texts, like that from 23-year-old Louise Amantillo. "Mommy, I got buried" she texted on Tuesday from the rubble of her collapsed language school in Christchurch, the AP reports. "Mommy, I can't move my right hand," went out about 40 minutes later.

Louise then called her mother briefly—"Her voice was shaking, like she was really scared. I know she was in pain," says her mother. A number of other messages came in over the next few hours, including "The smoke is overwhelming," before a final missive: "Please make it quick." Authorities believe almost no one under the ruins of the language school is still alive, but Amantillo's family is holding out hope.

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