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article imageAmerican Idol star trapped in Chile

By Michael Bearak     Mar 1, 2010 in Entertainment
American Idol season five finalist Elliott Yamin was reportedly in Chile during last week's 8.8 magnitude earthquake. Now he is finding himself trapped and in grave danger.
Today Elliott Yamin made a pleading request to help him get out of Chile following last week's 8.8 magnitude earthquake. Yamin lives from Type 1 diabetes and is running out of supplies for his pump.
Yamin has tried to get a hold of the United States Embassy but calls are just going to voicemail and that is full. Yamin was able to reach Pop Tarts via his cell phone saying, "I don’t know how long we’re going to be here. This country isn’t very keen on insulin pumps; supplies for my pump are running low. Hospitals here are very crowded, and as you can imagine, they are dealing with bigger things."
For the past eight days Elliott Yamin has been playing at a music festival in a town 90 miles southwest of Santiago. After the earthquake the organizers moved Yamin to the town of Santiago.
Yamin has been hearing various reports as to the possibility of getting out in a timely manner. They are located near the airport that is closed due except for emergencies. It was also reported that the festival organizers were going to try and move everyone to Mendoza, Argentina via ground transportation.
Right now he is scheduled to make a 20-minute performance at the 11th Annual Children Uniting Nations Awards Celebration during the Oscars this upcoming Sunday. There is obvious doubt as to whether or not he will make it back in time. More pressing is the lack of insulin and in his conversation with Pop Tarts he said, "I hope to get home before I slip into a diabetic coma."
Still, Yamin remains optimistic saying that he is in one piece and was not injured. He remarked how he and the people he was with all got out uninjured.
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