Nepal Quake: Teenager Rescued on Day-6 from Rubble
A large crowd erupted in cheers as Pemba Tamang was carried out on a stretcher. He was wearing a New York shirt and blue neck brace, was blanketed by dust and had the look of a deer in the headlights.
His rescuer, Inspector Lakshman Basnet of the Nepalese Armed Police Force, said Tamang was responsive and showed no apparent signs of serious injury.
He was given an IV drip and rushed from the Gongapur area to a temporary emergency hospital run by an Israeli aid team.
The Nepalese rescuers had been working for five hours to locate Tamang after they heard his voice buried under the debris.
Risks paid back by human lives
An American disaster response team was at a nearby damaged bus station when they got word that someone might be alive.
Andrew Olvera, the head of the U.S. team, said his men rushed over with search dogs and equipment ranging from breaching tools to sophisticated cameras that can probe under the rubble.
He said the operation carried enormous risk, as chunks of the collapsed building hung precariously on rebar. Entire floors of what used to be people's homes were visible -- ceiling fans and beds still draped with cotton sheets. It was a mountain of loss and sorrow.
"It's dangerous but it's what we do," said Olvera, who has a daughter and twin 11-year-old boys. "It's risk versus gain. To save a human life, we will risk almost everything.
"The way the building is, it's definitely a miracle," he said.
After Tamang was rushed to the hospital, the USAID team continued the search for more potential survivors.
The possibility remained that someone else might have survived like Tamang.
Other search and rescue teams continued to scour through Kathmandu's rubble Thursday. They are looking for survivors from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Saturday, killing 5,489 people and wounding more than 11,000, according to Nepali authorities. Another 72 people were reported dead in India, and 25 in China.
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