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Woman rescued after 6 days in collapsed building

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A woman is carried away in a stretcher by medics as she is rescued after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building, in the Huruma area of Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday.
Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, the nearly 6-month-old girl who was rescued early Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week, lies in a hospital bed at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.


A Kenyan woman was rescued yesterday after being trapped for six days in the rubble of a collapsed building.

A crowd applauded in celebration as the woman was carried away on a stretcher covered by a blanket and with an oxygen tank by her side to a Kenya Red Cross ambulance. The rescue was broadcast live on Kenyan television.

Before military engineers managed to break through the slabs of concrete that had trapped her, medics had managed to give the woman oxygen and intravenously administer water and glucose, Kenya's Disaster Management Unit said.

"This is a miracle," said Pius Masai, the head of the unit.

The woman was given oxygen while trapped in small corner of her room, said Abbas Gullet, head of the Kenya Red Cross.

"We are very happy that even after six days, someone has been found alive," Gullet said.

The death toll from the disaster has risen to 36 and 70 people remain missing, he said.

A nearly six-month-old baby was rescued on Tuesday, which raised hopes that more survivors would be found. The infant was found unharmed in a washbasin four days after the building collapsed on Friday.