Severed foot of quake survivor found under supermarket rubble


Posted at Apr 26 2019 08:50 AM | Updated as of Apr 26 2019 11:31 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) - Authorities have found the severed foot of a woman who was trapped underneath the rubble of a supermarket that collapsed after Monday's magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Luzon. 

Authorities found the severed foot of quake survivor Maria Martin underneath the rubble of the Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga past 7 a.m. Friday. 

Rescuers had to amputate Martin's right leg to extricate her from the rubble, P/Col. Jean Fajardo, Provincial Director of the Pampanga Police Office, earlier told DZMM.

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"Pumasok po kami sa ilalim at nakaipit po talaga sa malaking haligi, sa beam, 'yung paa ng survivor," he said.

(When we went under the rubble, we saw that she was trapped under a large beam.)

Two doctors worked on Martin's amputation for about an hour before she was safely extricated from the collapsed supermarket.

"Pinutol sa taas ng tuhod niya," Fajardo said.

(Doctors amputated from above her knee.)

"Nagpasok pa kami ng oxygen doon [sa ilalim] to make sure na hindi siya mawawalan ng hangin kasi matagal na siyang nandun," he said.

(We had to bring in an oxygen tank to make sure that she would not run out of oxygen because she has been trapped for a long while.)

Martin, 25, a cellphone saleswoman for 2 years, was trapped for 3 hours underneath the rubble of the supermarket last Monday before she was located by rescuers.

She told ABS-CBN News she allowed doctors to cut off her right foot to save her life. "Pumayag na rin po ako, para sa buhay ko, para sa pamilya ko rin po," she said. 

At least 16 people were killed in Monday's quake. 

The local government committed to help source a prosthetic leg for Martin, Fajardo said.

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