One More Miracle: Man Rescued in Haiti

Survivor, 23, is in good condition on day rescue operation ends
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 23, 2010 5:19 PM CST
Rescuers pull a 23-year-old survivor from the rubble Saturday.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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(Newser) – Rescuers unearthed a 23-year-old man in good condition today from deep beneath the concrete and wooden wreckage of a hotel grocery store, 11 days after Haiti's earthquake struck. Onlookers wearing masks against the stench of the city's decaying bodies cheered when Rismond Exantus, clad in a black T-shirt and black pants, was carried from a narrow tunnel on a stretcher.

"I was hungry," Exantus said from his hospital bed soon after the rescue. "But every night I thought about the revelation that I would survive." He said he survived initially by diving under a desk when the rubble started to fall around him. He managed to find cola, beer, and cookies for sustenance. The rescue came after officials declared an end to rescue operations and a shift into cleanup.

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