Rescue workers have to cut of legs to free her

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  1. TACAV

    TACAV G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    Girl will lose her legs to gain freedom - China earthquake - MSNBC.com
    Girl will lose her legs to gain freedom
    Chinese rescuers say the only way to save trapped girl is to remove her legs
    HANWANG, China - Chinese teenager Yang Liu lay alive but buried under the rubble of her school on Wednesday, knowing that the only way she will survive is if she loses her legs.
    Yang has been fed, given water and a white helmet as workers remove ruins brick by brick from around her and a crane pulled away slabs of concrete — the remains of the school that parents said had around 800 students before Monday's quake hit.
    Rescuers took a photojournalist to where Yang was trapped, before rushing his photos, along with Yang's mother, to the local hospital, where surgeons studied them in preparation.
    She could be saved, but she would lose her legs.
    "They are preparing to do surgery now, but the level of difficulty is very high," said one rescue worker.
    Girl 'calm and stable'
    Rescuers had deemed it too dangerous to move the concrete to free her legs.
    "They decided that they can't move any of the rubble from on top of her, because it might bring more down on her," said Wang Jue, a Chinese journalist.
    "So to save her life, they'll cut off her legs. She's calm and stable," he said.
    Parents crowding outside the gate of the Dongqi Middle School were desperate for news of their own children, hoping they too might still be found alive.
    Rumors rippled through the crowd that the voices of as many as four or five could be heard calling out from below the rubble of the four-story school.
    But the news was more bad than good, as rescuers pulled out the body of another boy, still gripping a pen.
    Wailing relatives
    The neighborhood was nearly deserted, but for a crowd of 100 or more relatives gathered at the school's entrances, many of them crying and wailing, and all of them exhausted.
    Across the way, Gao Weihua stood in front of the wreckage of her home, as a team of about 30 rescuers approached on foot, carrying shovels, saws and other tools.
    One yelled, "Are there people in these buildings?" and Gao cried out, "Yes, my mother." She could still hear the voice of the 70-year-old woman inside.
    Nearby the school, the leader of a rescue crew preparing to dig into yet another ruined building gave his team a pep talk.
    "In my whole life, I've never done anything like this, I've never seen anything like this, but we must be soldiers now," said the leader, Yang Xin.
    "We must fully do our duties," he said. "You are my flesh and blood, and the people buried in here are our flesh and blood."
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    :bigeyes:I dont know what I would do if someone told me "The only way we can get you out is to cut off your legs.... Right here"
    I mean they say they can stabilize her and stuff etc but I dont know about that. Im not a doctor though. Even if you survived a double amputation right at ground zero I doubt Id stand a good chance of making it through the after care or lack there of in this case what with all the other thousands of people overflowing the hospitals or aid stations.

    If that were me under those conditions I might seriously consider just saying thanks for trying but save the medical supplies (which I know must be in short demand) for someone more salvageable. Just give me a couple min alone and Ill take care of myself for you. No need wasting all this time and resources on me when I might not make it anyways when there are other people that can still be saved. Im just holding the digging up.

    I hope everything works out over there with the rescue and I that the govt in Myanmar dealing with the other tragedy finally lets the rest of the world help.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2008

  2. Seabeescotty

    Seabeescotty G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    It is unreal what folks can do in an emergency. The fella that amputated his own arm, and then got himself back down the mountain is a standout in saving one's self. That two natural catastrophies hit in the same area, so close together is unbelievable. But the refusal of the Myanmar authorities to allow aid from the US to enter their country, is the most unbelievable act of stupidity I've ever seen.