Boy Rescued From Nepal Quake Rubble

15-year-old Pemba Tamang is rescued five days after the quake.
15-year-old Pemba Tamang is rescued five days after the quake.

15-year-old Pemba Tamang is rescued five days after the quake.

Rescuers pulled a 15-year-old boy alive from  the rubble of Nepal’s earthquake Thursday, bringing a rare moment of joy to the ruined capital Kathmandu, five days after a disaster which killed nearly 6,000 people. The rescue of Pemba Tamang was hailed as a miracle and greeted with cheers from crowds of bystanders who massed to watch the drama unfold at a ruined guesthouse. Caked in dust, Pemba was fitted with a neck brace and hooked up to an intravenous drip before being lifted onto a stretcher, and then raced to a field hospital where he was found to have only minor cuts and bruises. “I never thought I would make it out alive,” the teenager said. Pemba, who worked at the guest house as a bellboy, said he had been eating lunch next to the reception when the ground started shaking. “I tried to run but something fell on my head and I lost consciousness. I have no idea for how long. When I came around, I was trapped under the debris and there was total darkness.” Asked if he had anything to eat while he was trapped, Pemba said he had come across a jar of ghee (clarified butter) in the dark.

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