Survivor in good shape after 17 days in rubble

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Associated Press

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 8:00 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The woman who was found alive today in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building in Bangladesh is in remarkably good shape after her 17-day ordeal.

She survived by eating dried food that was in the area where she was trapped, and by drinking from bottles of water that were with her.

The woman, a seamstress named Reshma, was found on the second floor of the collapsed eight-story building. Crews have been focused on recovering bodies, and not on rescuing survivors, for much of the past two weeks. The number of bodies found is now above 1,000.

Speaking to a TV station from her hospital bed, Reshma said she had heard the voices of the searchers in the past several days, and that she kept hitting the debris with sticks and rods to get her attention. But she says nobody heard her.

Once she got their attention, the crews ordered the cranes and bulldozers to stop work. They used handsaws and welding and drilling equipment to cut through the debris still trapping her. They gave her water, oxygen and saline as they worked to free her.

After 40 minutes, she was free, and a crowd of spectators erupted in wild cheers. She was rushed to a military hospital in an ambulance, but her rescuers said she was in shockingly good condition.

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168-c-20-(Farid Hossain (fah-REED' hoh-SAYN'), AP correspondent)-"me, save me"-AP correspondent Farid Hossain reports rescue workers in Bangladesh freed a woman from the rubble 17 days after the garment factory building collapsed. (10 May 2013)

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169-c-20-(Farid Hossain (fah-REED' hoh-SAYN'), AP correspondent)-"rescued the woman"-AP correspondent Farid Hossain reports the survivor is in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal. (10 May 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building, lettering "SURVIVOR FOUND", finished gaphic (10 May 2013)

APPHOTO DEL145: A survivor lies on a stretcher after being pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013. Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed the woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. Soldiers at the site said her name was Reshma and described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal. (AP Photo) (10 May 2013)

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APPHOTO DEL147: Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013. Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed the woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. Soldiers at the site said her name was Reshma and described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal. (AP Photo) (10 May 2013)

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