Woman found alive in rubble of Bangladesh factory after 17 days

With so much grim and bad news lately, how about a feel good story to brighten your day?

New York Times:

In a startling development, a woman trapped for 17 days beneath the rubble of a collapsed building on the outskirts of Dhaka was discovered alive on Friday and then rushed to a nearby military hospital after rescuers pulled her free.

The woman, whose name is Reshma, had apparently been in the basement of the building, though her location is not yet definitively known. Rescuers, speaking live on national television from the wreckage site in Savar, said they were clearing debris on Friday afternoon when they saw a pipe moving. It turned out to be Reshma, shaking the pipe from below, trying to gain attention.

"Save me!" rescuers say they heard her shouting.

Her rescue was broadcast on television across Bangladesh. A garment worker, Reshma was wearing a purple and red salwar kameez as she was removed from the rubble. One of the rescuers, a soldier with the Bangladeshi Army, told television crews that Reshma had discovered food and water that had lasted until two days ago.

Another rescuer, Lieutenant Colonel Moazzem, told Bangladesh's state news agency that he and another soldier discovered Reshma after cutting a hole to the basement.

"I told her, 'Mother, don't be afraid, we are here to rescue you,' " said Colonel Moazzem, according to the agency. "Would you like a drink of water?" He told reporters that Reshma was given saline and biscuits before rescuers removed her from the wreckage.

A testament to the human spirit to be sure. And kudos to the workers who have been clearing away rubble for more than two weeks, performing the grisly task of pulling more than 1000 bodies from the site. I'm sure it lifted their spirits immensely to see the rescue of one of the victims.