A Haitian earthquake survivor lived without food or water covered in the quake debris until he was rescued after spending 27 days trapped in the rubble.
Evan Muncie, 28, was discovered in the wreckage of a food market where he worked selling rice.
Doctors said he was suffering from extreme dehydration and malnutrition, but did not appear to have any serious injuries. How he managed to survive for 27 days remains a mystery.
Muncie’s apparent recovery came eleven days after the last survivor was rescued and more than a fortnight after Haitian authorities declared an end to all search operations.
‘He was emaciated. He hadn’t had anything in quite some time,’ said Dr Mike Connelly, of Miami University’s field hospital where Muncie was taken.
Confused and disorientated, Muncie raised some suspicion over the veracity of his story by claiming that someone dressed all in white brought him water while he was trapped.
‘Initially, I’m sure he had his senses with him, so maybe he was able to find some kind of resources,’ added Dr Connelly, who said the people who brought him to the hospital said they found him while digging out the marketplace.
The man’s mother confirmed he had been missing for 27 days, since the January 12 earthquake
Dr Dushyantha Jayaweera, who is also working at the Miami University field hospital, said Muncie’s survival was ‘unusual but not impossible.’
‘He was quite hydrated and he was wasted, so there are certain things that suggest that it’s true,’ he added.
The rescue is not the longest known example of survival following an earthquake.
Missing for 10 weeks!
Five years ago, Naqsha Bibi was found in the kitchen of her collapsed house in Kashmir more than two months after a massive earthquake in Pakistan.
She had spent 63 days stuck in a crouched position as the space was too small for her to stretch her arms and legs. She survived by drinking water trickling through the house from a nearby stream and eating rotting food.