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article imageHaitian Man Rescued From Rubble After 11 Days, Survived on Coke

By Christopher Szabo     Jan 24, 2010 in World
A Haitian man has been rescued after the search for survivors of last week’s earthquake was called off. He survived under a collapsed shop by drinking Coca-Cola and eating small snacks.
The Australian reported that the 25-year-old Wismond Exantus said:
I feel good. I survived by drinking Coca-Cola. I drank Coca-Cola every day, and I ate some little tiny things.
Exantus was pulled from the rubble of the ”Napolitain” grocery by international search and rescue teams. Exantus added:
I felt the tremor and then I lost consciousness, and when I woke up I called out 'Gerald! Gerald!'
Gerald was a co-worker. The report does not mention his fate.
Exantus was in a small pocket in the rubble and could move slightly. He struck objects against the rubble to try to attract attention. Speaking at a French field hospital in Port-au-Prince, Exantus said:
I didn't shout, I just prayed.
The report said he was in surprisingly good condition given what he had been through. Exantus himself said he had God to thank for his rescue, while doctors urged him to try to sleep.
His brother Jean-Pierre Jeanelie explained he was frightened for his brother but could not approach the collapsed shop because of police, who were patrolling the neighbourhood against looters. He said:
I helped other people after the quake. I helped get them out of the rubble, but I couldn't get to the shop because the police blocked people from going there. I was losing hope, but not completely, then last night I had a dream about my brother and when people told me there was noise coming from the shop I couldn't believe it.
The brothers lost five family members in the earthquake as well as losing their home. Jeanelie said:
We lost everything, all our money, but people help and give us things.
French firefighters, who pulled Exantus from the shattered shop, said they could not work as they wished in the neighbourhood because of the security situation.
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