Other victims found in the rubble include a mother of four.
KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) — Rescuers in Nepal have pulled a man from the wreckage of a building where he was stuck for a staggering 80 hours after the devastating earthquake that hit the country Saturday.
His survival is unusual, as experts say it’s rare for injured people who are trapped to hold out for longer than 72 hours after a disaster.
The man, Rishi Khanal, was saved after a French search and rescue team found him under the rubble on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the capital, around noon Tuesday, said Pushparam K.C., a spokesman for the Armed Police Force of Nepal. The team used specialized gear that detects signs of life, he said.
But it took about 10 more hours for the French team and police officers to dig him out, the spokesman said.
A police video of the rescue showed the teams drilling through concrete to reach Khanal’s location and then hauling him up through the hole. They then carried him out of the ruined building on a stretcher.
“It seems he survived by sheer willpower,” said Akhilesh Shrestha, a doctor who treated Khanal, according to the Reuters news agency. Khanal, 28, was possibly suffering from a broken leg, Reuters reported.
His story of survival isn’t the only one to emerge from the terrible destruction wrought by the quake, which has killed more than 5,000 people.
An infant’s cry heard from the rubble
A 4-month-old baby was rescued from a destroyed building in the town of Bhaktapur at least 22 hours after the quake struck, the newspaper Kathmandu Today reported.
A Nepali military team had failed to notice the child during its search but returned after his cry was heard, the newspaper said.
The little boy, whose name is Sonit Awal, was reported to be in stable condition without any internal injuries, according to initial examinations.
CNN hasn’t independently confirmed Sonit’s rescue, but the newspaper published photos showing the dust-caked infant being lifted by Nepali soldiers in the ruined structure.
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