A seamstress who survived 17 days before being rescued from a collapsed garment factory building was panicked, dehydrated and suffering from insomnia as she recovered in a Bangladesh hospital Saturday, but was in generally good condition, according to her doctors.
The rescue of 19-year-old Reshma Begum on Friday brought a boost to the workers who had spent over two weeks pulling decaying bodies from the rubble. By Saturday, they had resumed their grim task and the death toll surpassed 1,100 in theworld’s worst garment industry disaster.
“We will not leave the operation until the last dead body and living person is found,” said Major-General Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy, the head of the local military units.
Lt Col Azizur Rahman, a doctor at the military hospital where Begum is being treated, said she was exhausted and badly stressed when she was brought in an ambulance. Her kidneys were functioning at less than 45% and she suffered insomnia.
“She is panicked, sometimes she holds nurses’ hands tight,” he said. Doctors were giving her semi-solid food and saline for her dehydration.