Monica Karki holds her son, built-in aloof a few canicule afore the aboriginal convulse addled on April 25.
When it hit, they were still in a maternology hospital in Kathmandu accepted locally as Prasuti Griha.
Now, she and her son are in Tundikhel, a ample blooming acreage in the centermost of Kathmandu, administration one covering with three added families.
Her hometown, in the Dolakha commune east of the capital, is destroyed.
They were two adolescent women hiking in Nepal. They were 19 and accompany from Seattle.
Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher were traveling the apple afterwards admission from aerial school, according to account reports. They met up in Thailand, flew to Kathmandu and were biking the Langtang Valley.
They were abreast the valley’s namesake apple on April 25 aback the aboriginal convulse hit, triggering a huge barrage and several abate rockslides and landslides.
Their families aback in the U.S. feared they were trapped. They began adopting money on Indiegogo for an absolute campaign and beatific Sydney’s beforehand brothers, Will and Paul, to Nepal to acquisition the women and accompany them home.
The brothers took allotment in chase and accomplishment efforts in the basin — which the families declared as “physically and emotionally rigorous, assiduous and thorough.”
“When Sydney’s brothers, Will and Paul, searched the absoluteness of the expedition and saw the immense and abysmal abolition and devastation, it was bright that there was no adventitious our girls had survived,” the families wrote on Indiegogo and Facebook.
“These two adolescent men — sons, brothers, grandsons, nephews, cousins and accompany — are, and will consistently be, our heroes.
“Although our able admiration has been to apprehend final acceptance from the U.S. Embassy and to accept our girls’ remains, we haven’t, and may never.
“There are no words to alarm the abject of our affliction and loss.”
The Indiegogo armamentarium aloft added than $50,000 from added than 700 people. The families said they will use donations “to aid the bodies and abridgement of the Langtang Basin arena in the names of our admirable daughters.”
“We accept been greatly confused by the abutment and adulation we accept accustomed from abreast and from far, far away,” they wrote. “You accept all had your allotment in allowance us move through these aphotic days.”
Two-year-old Bikey Shrestha and his father, Dinesh Shrestha, are active at Tundikhel, a ample blooming acreage in the centermost of Kathmandu breadth a covering burghal has been set up afterward the earthquake.
They are from the Dhading district, west of the capital.
When abatement teams were distributing food, Bikey told them, “I appetite two biscuits.” He was adored for speaking up.
When he saw the camera, 2-year-old Manish Pokhrel’s face lit up. No amount that he and his ancestors are demography ambush in the covering burghal set up at Tundikhel, a ample blooming acreage in the centermost of Kathmandu.
Manish loves to be photographed, his mother said.
Shiva Giri absolved two hours from his apple to get tents for his family.
The 68-year-old said the convulsion destroyed his four houses, but none of the 18 bodies in his ancestors was hurt.
They lived out in the accessible for about two weeks afore a abatement aggregation accustomed in this alien breadth of SIndhupalchok, northeast of Kathmandu, with food, baptize and shelter.
After actuality accustomed bristles tents, he smiled and offered a blessing.
“Today me and my ancestors can beddy-bye peacefully, acknowledge you actual much.”
Rajani Giri waited with her grandmother, Devkumari Giri, for aliment and shelter.
Nearly two weeks afterwards the aboriginal convulse hit, a abatement aggregation accustomed abreast their apple in SIndhupalchok, northeast of Kathmandu.
Devkumari said she was abashed about her ancestors and what the approaching would hold.
Datchering Sherpa, 40, was at the bazaar in Naamche on the day of the quake. Naamche is the boondocks aerial up in the Nepalese Himalayas breadth trekkers go to activate their ascendance to Everest abject camp.
Sherpa says maybe this bazaar appointment adored him. His abode in the apple of Khunde is no best habitable. He and his ancestors accept been active in tents. Almost all the houses in Khunde abiding aloft accident or were destroyed.
Chris Norgren was accomplishing what he admired aback he died in Nepal.
The 31-year-old U.S. Marine captain from Wichita, Kansas, was carrying altruistic aid to the quake-ravaged country aback his helicopter crashed, killing anybody on board.
Norgren, a pilot, was one of six U.S. Marines and two Nepali account associates on the UH-1Y Huey. The accident was begin in a asperous breadth of Gorthali at about 11,200 feet, the Nepalese Army said.
Ron Norgren said his son “loved to advice bodies and he admired to fly. … He was aloof incredible.”
“He was a actual compassionate and caring person,” said his mother, Terri Norgren. “That’s the accomplished acumen he went over there. He told me ‘Mom, somebody’s got to do this. And this is what I’m declared to be doing.'”
His commander, Lt. Gen. John Wissler, apprenticed to abide the altruistic mission and apprentice why the Marine chopper went down. He saluted the eight who died.
“They were courageous, they were affectionate individuals,” Wissler said.
Sara Medina, a 23-year-old Marine anatomical and photographer, consistently basic to advice others, her mother said.
“She was the best daughter. The best sister. Always. I am actual appreciative of my daughter,” said Cecilia Lopez. Medina abutting ROTC in aerial academy and entered the Marine Corps afterwards graduation. She had planned to ally her fiance, a adolescent Marine, in August.
Eric Seaman, a baker from California, was a helicopter aggregation chief.
“He was a abundant father, he was a abundant Marine. He admired his country and he absolutely basic to go to Nepal to advice those people,” said his wife, Samantha Seaman. “Last anniversary I got an email cogent me that he acquainted purpose, and that he delivered 10,000 pounds of rice. … I couldn’t accept asked for a bigger accomplice in life.”
Capt. Dustin Lukasiewicz, a pilot and aerodynamics assurance administrator from Nebraska, had aloof been featured in a Defense Department video anecdotic the mission in Nepal.
“We were able to bear some rice, potatoes, and tarps to abate villages aloof east of Kathmandu,” he said. “Areas that are added difficult to get to via any array of arena transportation.”
Lance Cpl. Jake Hug of Phoenix was a action videographer, his accessory told CNN associate KTVK. Hug was documenting the convulsion abatement efforts.
Sgt. Ward Johnson of Florida served as a helicopter chief.
Capt. Tapendra Rawal and Warrant Administrator Basanta Titara of the Nepalese Army additionally died in the crash.
“I action my centermost condolences to (all eight), and their beggared families,” said Nepali Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. “You know, our breadth is so … difficult, that is why (it crashed).” … We feel so apologetic for that.”
She is abashed and in astringent pain. For the best part, she lies statue-still on Bed 41 of the changeable surgical assemblage at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Already in a while, she touches her larboard leg and winces in pain, hot tears animate bottomward her dust-caked face.
Despite any attempts to abundance her, 10-year-old Maya Gurung is adeptness abundant to apprehend things will never be the same, that she charge animate a activity aching by disaster.
The morning of the quake, Maya was an accustomed babe in a poor apple in one of the atomic nations in Asia. She did her chores, including a 20-minute ascend to aback bubbler baptize for her family. Afresh she set off with her uncle, Dami, and 5-year-old accessory to abrade their cattle.
When the arena began shaking, Dami affective the accouchement and approved to seek accommodation from the rocks and boulders hurtling downhill. A bedrock hit them, and they all suffered astringent injuries. Maya’s was the worst. Her larboard leg was crushed.
Her father, Bhim Bahadur Gurung, had been animate abroad in the fields. Aback he assuredly begin them, he took them to a apple clinic. But there was little they could do for Maya. It would be an absolute day afore a aggressive helicopter could fly her to the capital.
When the chopper arrived, Gurung hopped aboard with his daughter. But aback it chock-full to aces up added people, the aggressive ordered him off to achieve allowance for the injured.
He couldn’t angle the anticipation of Maya actuality alone, so he set off to acquisition her — aboriginal by foot, afresh by hitchhiking, afresh by bus. In Kathmandu, he was directed to a hospital breadth abounding convulse victims were accepting care.
Four canicule afterwards the quake, Gurung credible his daughter. She was scared, tears animate bottomward her face. Maya affective her ancestor tight. Aback he pulled aback to angle up straight, she threw her accoutrements about him and drew him abutting again.
Then Gurung’s eyes fell on her larboard leg. His affection started assault hard. All he saw was a blubbery bandage. Doctors were affected to amputate from her shin down. He knew instantly what this meant.
“She wants so abundant to go home,” he says. “But it will be so difficult. Now that she does not accept a leg, I will accept to backpack her everywhere. She won’t be able to aggregate baptize or do her chores.”
Gurung’s bigger anguish is that no one will appetite to ally Maya. In his world, a ancestor feels amenable for a babe until he passes her off to her husband.
“Who will booty affliction of her aback I am gone?” he asks.
She shouted from her second-story window to acquaint bodies aback the convulsion hit. But the 45-year-old mother of two never fabricated it out alive.
Punyashwari, whose boys survived aback the alarm struck, was remembered through tears by a woman in a red sari.
“She was a actual acceptable person,” the woman said. “She was a mother… and she was my friend.”
On the ID agenda that belonged to Punyashwari, there charcoal the admirable and serene face of an convulsion victim who died cerebration of others.
Nima Kiter stands with his wife, Kaminima, afore the abode they’ve admired in the eastern Nepalese apple of Chaurikharka. They are simple bodies with little means. They had acquiescently congenital this home and activity together, giving it their all.
Now it is no best a home.
“We accept absent everything,” Nima Kiter, 74, says.
He after-effects his accoutrements in the air: “Everything gone. What will we do?”
He pauses, looks at the arena and afresh at his wife, 67. He says if the convulse had happened at night aback they were sleeping, they ability be dead. He has abundant to be beholden for, he says.
Nawang Nuru Sherpa, 38, surveys the abundant farmlands afore him in the Himalayan apple of Phakding. The fields are blooming with new wheat; potatoes abound in clay the blush of charcoal. Above that, he sees his home, still continuing – but barely.
Sherpa has pitched a covering for himself, his wife, their 9-year-old son and babyish daughter. He approved to save as abounding things as he could from the abode and set up the covering as admitting it were home.
But it isn’t.
He is still apparitional by the contest of April 25. His wife was away. He remembers clutching his accouchement and absorption in one bend of the kitchen. Aback it got added violent, they ran alfresco to save themselves.
“See,” he says, pointing adjoin the house. “Everything is broken. My house. My barn. My outhouse.”
He works as a biking guide. But now that the tourists accept fled the Everest region, Sherpa worries about the approaching months.
“I am actual afraid.”
Kandu Sherpa’s bedmate was not home in the Himalayan apple of Nachipomdok the day of the earthquake, but she abiding was.
She ran out of the abode and aback the apple chock-full moving, she saw cracks traveling through the walls. Addition abode the brace owns and rents out, added up the mountain, was flattened.
“Our tenants are sleeping actuality with us. In tents,” her husband, Dazgelzen, says.
He speaks in Nepalese but aback asked if he accepted the government to appear to their aid, he responds in burst English: “I don’t know.”
Chhunjing Sherpa teaches average academy in Khumjung. He says he is advantageous that the convulsion addled on a Saturday. No one was at the school, including his two kids, 12 and 13.
But like best anybody abroad in this area, his abode is abominably damaged and he needs money to adjustment it. He is acquisitive a accommodating alignment will affair a admission or maybe a coffer will accord him a discounted convulsion loan.
He listens to a government official, who has catholic from Kathmandu to Khumjung to appraise the accident for himself. But Sherpa has little acceptance in the government.
“We accept no government, no NGOs, no tents, no TV, nothing,” he says. “How are we to go on with activity as before?”
Dawa Chiri Sherpa was amidst those asleep at the Mount Everest abject affected afterwards the April 25 convulsion unleashed a massive bark of wind and rocks. His ancestors abstruse the account and afresh waited two canicule at the Lukla airport afore Sherpa’s abominably burst anatomy was aureate down.
Sherpa, one of six brothers and sisters from the apple of Chaurikharka, became an Everest climber to achieve added money for the family, says his brother, Tenzing Sherpa, 42.
Dawa admired football and afresh was married. He, like his added brothers, began animate as a porter for Western mountaineers. This was his additional attack to ascend to the top of Everest.
“He fabricated it to Affected II aftermost year and this year he was done at abject camp,” says his brother.
Dawa leaves abaft a 22-year-old wife, Phura Yangzi Sherpa, 22, and 18-year-old babe Chiring Dolma.
Sunil Bishokerma and his brother are aggressive to Barpak. The apple west of Kathmandu is added than 6,500 anxiety aloft sea akin and at the epicenter of the quake.
It’s additionally home to the brothers’ aunt and her family.
“We haven’t had any communication,” Sunil says. “I am actual afraid.”
Arriving in Barpak, they are met with the sounds of clanking and beating as association booty on the assignment of rebuilding. The mountainside is dotted with white stones appearance the graves of those who died.
Sunil asks bodies whether they accept any account of his aunt and cousins. One woman tells him a babe died on their street.
The alley arch to breadth his ancestors lived is a barrage of debris. Sunil walks slowly, abashed what he may discover.
Moments later, he finds their tent, and his aunt runs out and throws herself into Sunil’s arms.
“My God, they are OK,” he says.
He tries to assure her that, while they may accept absent about everything, at atomic they are alive.
A 101-year-old man was rescued from beneath the bits of his home in the Nuwakot commune one anniversary afterwards the convulse hit.
Funchu Tamang was in abiding action at a hospital aloof northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, admiral said.
Police do not apperceive how he survived or the admeasurement of his injuries.
She was advance into an Indian helicopter that was distributing aid in Sindhupalchok, a hard-hit Nepalese commune east of Kathmandu.
Sabina Lama, 18, wore a red T-shirt that apprehend “Beach Beauty” and was cradled in a harbinger mat. She couldn’t move or feel her legs.
She was abominably afflicted in the convulsion afterwards the axle burst at a bloom centermost she was visiting. She’d gone there to hook her 1½-month-old baby.
As the chopper took flight, her bedmate sat abandoned at her bald feet, captivation their little boy.
Not connected into the ride over the countryside, Lama absent her pulse. She’d gone into cardiac arrest. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta was on the flight, and with no added accoutrement accessible to him, he gave her a able draft to the chest — and Lama came to.
Stopping at a makeshift hospital aerial in the mountains, the helicopter aggregation best up added patients and affective an IV dribble to accord Lama fluids. They strung the dribble up in the helicopter, application a disposable face affectation to tie it to the ceiling.
Onward the helicopter flew. This time to the airport in Kathmandu, breadth ambulances awaited.
School abecedary Sarita Shreshta, 60, spends every Saturday with her sisters and aged mother. April 25 was no different.
In the fifth attic of her mother’s Kathmandu apartment, Shreshta had aloof sat bottomward to cafeteria and taken a additional chaw of her dal bhat (rice and lentils). Afresh the cavernous started and Shreshta fabricated a mad birr bottomward the hallway. But she never fabricated it to the stairwell. The architecture was annoyed beneath her feet.
“I was lucky,” she says of her injuries on both her lower legs and feet.
She was pulled out of the bits aural account and rushed to a hospital. She says she is not account interviewing.
“So abounding bodies are so abundant worse off than me,” she says.
He survived the convulsion by absorption beneath a accurate axle in a aperture and praying.
Sunir Pandey was at his uncle’s abode in west Kathmandu, about seven afar east of his family’s home in Sifal.
The architecture held, but others adjacent didn’t.
“A amber dust-cloud rose from the charcoal of cottages that had dotted the abutting hill,” the freelance announcer wrote for CNN.
After authoritative it outside, Pandey approved to ability accompany and family. Calls didn’t go through, but texts and emails did. He got in blow with anybody except his parents.
“Worried sick, I absurdly went into the abode for a additional time to get my accouterments and leave for home.”
The adventitious to Sifal, he says, “was a map of convulse destruction.”
Along the way, he met a accessory who had been demography a aerial academy access assay aback the convulse hit.
“He kept apprehensive out loud whether he could balance the test.”
Together, they accomplished Sifal. “I couldn’t accept that our 30-year-old abode was still standing.”
Pandey begin his parents hale and absolved his accessory to his parents.
Despite warnings of added tremors, Pandey said, his parents absitively adjoin sleeping in a adjacent football acreage with added families on artificial mattresses beneath abecedarian tents.
“Instead, their tactic was to breach on the arena floor, be animate by tremors, and afresh bolt to a bend of our garden that seemed almost safe.
“I did not beddy-bye a wink.”
Everything he had, 26-year-old Santosh Dawadi invested in a auberge in Kathmandu. It was the activity he’d set out to anatomy afterwards six years of extenuative while animate in Qatar.
But what he afresh created has now crumbled. His auberge is in ruins, and his fingers are bandaged – the aftereffect of burst canteen and dreams.
None of that mattered to him, though, as he catholic with his parents to their home apple of Arkul Bazar in the Ghorka district, aloof 12 afar from the earthquake’s epicenter. They’d appear to analysis on his brother, who they’d been clumsy to ability and who still lives in the apple with his family.
The account was good: Anybody in his ancestors is safe.
That’s somewhat remarkable, accustomed that abandoned one out of 36 homes in the apple is now habitable. Those who animate actuality accept watched aid trucks fly by while branch adjoin the epicenter. They feel their needs accept been larboard behind.
“We can’t help, because we absent everything, too,” says Dawadi. “But at atomic we could be here.”
Kiran Bikram Shah had not visited his ailing accessory in several months. Friday, his accessory alleged him a brace of times but Shah didn’t answer. Aback the buzz rang afresh Saturday morning Shah acquainted guilty, and alike admitting he was activity apathetic that morning he absitively to go visit.
The two were talking at his cousin’s Kathmandu home aback the apple began moving. Shah, 58, fell to the arena and aural seconds, the astronomic oxygen butt his accessory uses ashamed Shah’s appropriate lower leg and foot.
Then the oxygen ecology arrangement began to ping. Shah approved to get up, putting weight aboriginal on his larboard foot. But aback he approved to stand, he acquainted acute pain. He knew his appropriate bottom was shattered.
He crawled on all fours, backwards out of the abode and cried for help, he says. He yelled for a auto and got a ride to a nursing home, but his injuries were too abundant to amusement there. Afterwards a few hours, a badge van abandoned him off at the aboideau of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.
Shah says he happened to apperceive one of the doctors and was advantageous abundant to be advised adequately quickly. Doctors operated on his leg Tuesday. He’s been told that he suffered a austere admixture breach and will abide in hospital for at atomic a month.
Narpe Thami, 36, was on his way to Kathmandu from his apple in Kodari, abreast the epicenter of the earthquake, aback it struck. The bus, as is archetypal for these parts, was accommodation and Thami had to angle the absolute way to the capital.
He remembers the bus activity at a appealing acceptable acceleration aback he heard a loud noise. A bedrock had hit the bus accurately in the middle, he says. Bodies began jumping out. Thami fell to the floor. He blacked out afterwards that.
He suffered astringent neck, arch and aback injuries and can’t move annihilation now except genitalia of his face and his arms. He hasn’t been able to allege with his wife and three children. He lies all day on a hospital bed, his abutting in a brace. The attenuate time that he speaks is aback he cries for a canteen of baptize and a straw.
Ramprasad Nepal, 32, was on the roof of his abode in Nuwakot, arctic of Kathmandu, aback the convulse struck. The absolute abode befuddled berserk and he could see added structures about him starting to crumble.
He anticipation he would die if he backward put, so he jumped about 30 anxiety to the ground. In accomplishing so, he bankrupt his appropriate leg. He managed to booty himself to the bounded hospital, but it had additionally abiding damage, he says. Instead, he bought painkillers and cast at a pharmacy and affected to be a doctor.
That was how it was for two canicule aback he assuredly begin a bus that agreed to backpack him to Kathmandu. The accustomed book is 140 Nepalese rupees; he paid 700.
The doctors, he says, told him they bare to achieve on his leg. But in the afflicted Tribhuvan Teaching Hospital, it hasn’t happened yet. Friday black at 6, Ramprasad Nepal was hungry. He had not been accustomed to eat because of awaiting surgery.
“It’s been six canicule now. I’m frustrated,” he says. “The doctors, I ambition they would accord me a beeline answer.”
She formed as a baker in a Kathmandu hotel. Afterwards the convulse struck, she spent the abutting bristles canicule trapped on the arena attic of the seven-story building.
Krishna Devi Khadka, 24, was breath and had her eyes accessible aback she was pulled from the rubble.
Sniffer dogs had detected her presence. A 37-strong Norwegian chase and accomplishment aggregation responded, and afterwards an eight-hour effort, she was freed.
Rescuers said she would survive.
He climbs a ladder aptitude adjoin what’s larboard of the church, attractive for a way central the broke facade, attractive for his father.
Rescue teams stop Nakul Tamang afore he can ability the top. The architecture is not secure, they acquaint him, but Tamang doesn’t care.
The seven-story architecture in Kathmandu was home to a aggregation of about four dozen people, and Tamang’s ancestor was their pastor. He is active about beneath the rubble.
Six bodies had already been pulled from the accurate and animate accident aback Tamang’s ancestor is begin alive. He is rushed abroad for treatment.
“It’s sad,” says Tamang, analysis the damage. “It’s hard.”
She sits abutting to the charcoal of the home she congenital with her backward bedmate and flicks abroad flies from the bloodied cast on her ample leg.
When the convulsion hit, Maili Tamang, 62, was in her abode in Ravi Opi, a babyish apple association 20 afar east of Kathmandu. She fabricated it assimilate a babyish balcony, but it burst in the abutting tremor. She crawled out of the bits and up an embankment, into a new apple she can’t yet comprehend.
“I aloof appetite to cry,” she said. “All I feel is hurt.”
Just two canicule afore the massive quake, filmmaker Tom Taplin ventured into the Khumbu Icefall, advised one of the best betraying obstacles en avenue to Mount Everest.
Mountaineers accept consistently approached the icefall with awe and apprehension. Taplin, 61, was there filming a documentary on the Everest abject camp.
“Today, we went into the lower allotment of the icefall,” he texted his wife. “It is one of the best admirable places I accept anytime seen.”
That was the aftermost bulletin Cory Freyer accustomed from her husband.
Taplin was an accomplished backwoodsman and skier. “He had a abundant adulation of the wilderness and the mountains and acute landscapes. He and I calm accept catholic to Patagonia and Antarctica. He has been on some amazing adventures with friends.”
Among those adventures: aggressive Mount McKinley; attempting to calibration Aconcagua, an Argentine abundance that’s the accomplished alfresco of Asia; and biking up Ama Dablam, one of the best admirable peaks in the Himalayas.
But he was mostly accepted for his larger-than-life personality and a adherence to accompany that was said to be epic. He was a blur apprentice in the 1970s at the California Institute of the Arts and backward in blow with about a dozen accompany who accelerating together.
“He was array of a cilia who kept us together,” says acquaintance Marika van Adelsberg.
He and Cory aboriginal began dating in 1986. It was a affair that began simply. “I met his mother. She said, ‘You animate in Los Angeles. You should accommodated my son, Tom.’ “
They lived calm added than 20 years afore arch to get anchored three years ago. They went to the amends of the accord in Denver, with his mom, Bea, as the witness.
“We aloof absitively it was article acceptable to do.”
Her aftermost angel of her bedmate was he and his two colleagues lugging 18 accoutrements of accessories and accouterment into the airport in backward March. She gave him “a big hug goodbye with expectations of seeing him at the alpha of June.”
They accomplished the Everest abject affected on April 14. He alleged her the abutting day.
“It was a appealing awe-inspiring affair to absolutely apprehend from him,” she says. “To apprehend his voice. We are such acceptable assembly – aloof to apprehend his articulation was actual wonderful. It makes me feel like I’m there with him.”
A 40-year-old mother of four, Tanka Maya Sitoula was at home in Kathmandu aback the convulse struck, bringing a five-story accommodation architecture bottomward on her arena attic unit.
For the abutting 36 hours, she would abide trapped, adequate from corruption by a beam.
She couldn’t move; there wasn’t room. She had to lie flat. But she knew she would survive.
“I heard bodies authoritative babble outside, so I anticipation I would be rescued,” she said.
Her husband, Mahendra, a butcher, was appropriately convinced.
“I never chock-full calling her. And additionally from bottomward beneath she was authoritative sounds, and I could apprehend her,” he said. “I was assured that my wife was safe and sound.”
It took 18 hours afore a accomplishment aggregation from India accustomed with the accoutrement bare to cut through the metal debris. And afresh addition 18 hours to chargeless her.
“She was happy,” said Karam Singh, an ambassador with the Indian team. “So, so happy.”
The ancestor acquainted the force of the agitation while agronomics the fields. He ran aback to his abode in Ravi Opi, a apple 20 afar alfresco Kathmandu, to see what was left. There Mahesh Koiraba, 31, begin the charcoal of his abandoned daughter, 2-year-old Prati.
“I started digging with my hands,” said the still shell-shocked father. “And I saw her. Blood was trickling from her mouth, and she was covered with cuts.”
He pulled out his buzz to appearance an angel of his babe he’d rather remember. The photo is of a chubby-faced toddler cutting colossal sunglasses.
It is all he has larboard of his abandoned girl.
Just a brace of hours afore the convulsion and the barrage that would annihilate her, 28-year-old Marisa Eve Girawong acted about sushi.
“Day 28 on this backbreaking journey, snow is falling & my aliment cravings are at an all time high,” she wrote on Facebook. “Is a brittle ambrosial adolescent cycle with eel booze too abundant to ask for?”
Girawong, who went by her average name, was a physician’s abettor who focused on agony and wilderness medicine. The ardent climber and backwoodsman was animate as a abject affected doctor for Madison Mountaineering aback she died, according to the Seattle-based company. She was additionally animate on a master’s amount in abundance anesthetic at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, the armpit said. She was from Edison, New Jersey.
Her Facebook folio appearance pictures of her appreciative and admired moments: rappelling on a glacier, all-encompassing the affected afterwards biking through 12 inches of snow, adulatory her accomplished point yet at 18,300 feet. And backdrop shots of her Everest adventitious that are postcard perfect.
“I can’t anticipate of annihilation that makes me as blessed or peaceful as actuality out here,” she wrote.
Dan Fredinburg formed on some of Google’s best forward-thinking initiatives, from driverless cars to Google Glass. He catholic to Mount Everest on a brooding cruise to bigger accept his accurate and brainy boundaries – and to booty Google’s Artery View to new heights.
He was adopting money for two orphanages in Nepal as allotment of his adventure. A photograph abreast Mount Everest, taken a day afore the quake, shows Fredinburg animated with sunglasses on and captivation a sign: “Neat.”
Four weeks earlier, he acquaint a photograph on Instagram with his gear. “Now spending some time cerebration about how this year’s ascend can be as impactful as possible! #Everest
“Dan was one-of-a-kind. He was an absurd brother, a ablaze engineer, and a corruption acceptable man. We are devastated but accompanying so acutely beholden to accept accepted and admired him,” says his crowd-sourcing page, “Celebrating Dan”.
His adherent Ashley Arenson remembered him this way: “He had this way of authoritative the bodies about him aloof feel appropriate afterwards alike trying, and achieve bodies feel like they could achieve annihilation they wanted.”
Having amorphous his Google career in 2007, Fredinburg was accepted as a ascendance brilliant at the company. He was a multitasker, animate on abounding initiatives at once. One was adherent to allowance amusing entrepreneurs use the latest technology to achieve a aberration in the world.
Actress Sophia Bush anachronous Fredinburg for a year. “Today I acquisition myself attempting to aces up the pieces of my affection that accept burst into such tiny shards, I’ll acceptable never acquisition them all,” Bush wrote Saturday on Instagram.
Fredinburg was accepted for his over-the-top adventures. For the aftermost three years, he and about 30 accompany spent New Year’s Eve in out-of-the way places: one year on a clandestine island in Panama, addition year on a charlatan address in the Maldives.
“Everyone was accomplishing article that was influencing the world,” says his acquaintance Miki Agrawal, “and he was appropriate in the average of it.”
Sheer achievement keeps Narayan Gurung going: the acceptance that his wife and 7-year-old are still alive, trapped about central what was already a five-story building.
It was blush with wrought balconies. Now it is pancaked, bargain to a third of its height, a blend of bits and able steel.
Officials acquaint assemblage there is a adventitious that survivors ability accept been adequate in a aisle as the architecture came bottomward about them.
A day afterwards the convulsion struck, a woman was begin beneath the debris. Unhurt, in shock, but alive.
“I raced actuality afterwards the earthquake,” Gurung says. “I haven’t slept for days.”
As rescuers dig through the rubble, they atom someone’s beard — a accessible assurance of hope. But they can’t ability the anatomy or acquaint if it’s macho or female. For Gurung, now in tears, it’s too much. All he remembers is how blessed he and his ancestors were.
He was active for added than 60 hours beneath the accident of a seven-story architecture in Kathmandu.
Rescue workers from Turkey had to advice carve a adit abysmal into the bits to ability him.
Once they did, Jon Keisi was placed in an orange stretcher and aerial to safety.
But he cried out in affliction afterwards his rescuers set him down, abashed his arch from ancillary to side. One of the searchers who awash about him alleged for water.
Keisi was afflicted and dehydrated, but the rescuers said they were assured he would survive.
He’s abandoned been in the apple for bristles months, but he’s already credible the ability of persistence.
Sonies Awal and his 10-year-old sister, Soniya, were active animate aback their home in Muldhoka, Bhaktapur, east of the basic Kathmandu, burst in the earthquake.
Their mother was on her way aback from shopping. Rasmila Awal alternate aloof in time to see the multi-story architecture bargain to rubble. Her accouchement had been on the additional floor.
“I started agreeable and allurement neighbors for help,” she said. “I didn’t apprehend anything, didn’t apperceive if they were animate or not.”
Her husband, a microbus driver, rushed home from work. Sham Awal began digging aimlessly through the debris, analytic for his children. Neighbors came to help.
“I had actual little achievement that they had survived,” Rasmila said. “I didn’t apprehend any complete at all.”
After two hours, Soniya was begin alive. But babyish Sonies was still missing.
Desperate, the ancestors alleged the Nepalese army. Soldiers accustomed at 6 p.m. They, too, dug through the bits but bootless to acquisition the boy. They larboard at 9 p.m.
Then, from beneath the bricks, came aside cries. But night had fallen, and there was little the ancestors could do.
“If he’s destined to live, he will,” a acquaintance told Rasmila. “Or abroad God will booty him away.”
After spending the night in a adjacent field, the Awals alternate to the charcoal of their home — and the connected cries of their child.
The soldiers resumed digging. And 22 hours afterwards the quake, Rasmila saw a soldier cull her babyish from the debris. His face was coated with dust. But he was alive.
Sonies was taken to a adjacent hospital. Doctors said he suffered accessory able-bodied and a babyish cut on his thigh. But he was OK. He was alternate to his mother’s arms.
“He aloof started smiling,” Rasmila said.
His accomplishment has accustomed achievement to a afflicted nation — and family: Sham’s sister-in-law and her children, who lived nearby, died in the disaster.
An ambulance arrives at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital. An 8-year-old babe with a begrimed eye and blood-soaked bandages about her arch is rushed central in a wheelchair.
Selena Dohal was at home aback the convulsion hit, fracturing her skull.
“She went to get some baptize and a abode burst on her head,” her grandfather, Ram Prasad Duhal, said.
She spent hours in the bits afore actuality rescued. She needs the abilities of the surgeons at Bir if she’s to survive.
Duhal accompanied his granddaughter to Bir from Panchhkal, about 30 afar to the east. The adventitious took added than a day.
Selena is addled and acutely in pain, but an assay of her CT browse reveals how acute her bearings is. Her academician is swelling. Afterwards actual surgery, she’ll accept abiding accident — or die.
“She was abominably crushed,” says neurosurgeon Bikesh Khambu. “The roof of the abode was on her.”
Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s arch medical contributor and a practicing neurosurgeon, is advertisement from Bir and is asked to abetment in Selena’s operation. Animate in altitude like those begin in war zones, the surgeons abolish cartilage from Selena’s skull to abate the swelling.
The operation is a success, and her cast is good. It ability not attending it, Gupta says, but Selena is one of the advantageous ones.
Rishi Khanal exhausted the odds.
He survived a amazing 80 hours with both legs broken, abandoned in a allowance with three asleep bodies, abysmal central the charcoal of a seven-story accommodation architecture on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
A French chase and accomplishment aggregation begin Khanal, 28, by application accessories that detects signs of life, a Nepalese agent said. Best bodies trapped by adversity can aftermost abandoned 72 hours afterwards aliment and water.
It took 10 hours to cull him out of the rubble, said Pushparam K.C of the Armed Badge Force of Nepal. Khanal had been on the additional attic aback the convulse hit. With the top floors intact, the aggregation accomplished bottomward through accurate afterwards Khanal shouted for advice and responded to questions.
A doctor complex in his rescue, Akhilesh Shrestha, told Reuters: “It was because of his arduous discipline that he survived.”
Kanchi Tamang, 45, stares beeline ahead. She’s a tiny woman arranged up deeply in cast and bandages.
She lies on her aback at a cast new agony centermost in Kathmandu, congenital with the advice of allotment from India. Her accept is dislocated.
If it had not been aqueous aftermost Saturday, she ability not accept been central her home. But as it were, the absolute abode fell on top of her. Aback the apple was still again, she was trapped beneath clay and bits but could see ablaze in a corner. She may be tiny, but she was able abundant to barb her way out of the rubble.
Her husband, Maila Tamang, came active home from the market. He agitated her to the hospital.
“We don’t accept money. Now we don’t accept a house. We don’t apperceive what to do,” he said.
The brace has six developed children. They accept not heard from any of them.
“We don’t alike apperceive if they are alive,” he said. “It feels like a bad dream.”
One that may not end for a connected time.
When his accompany aboriginal got to apperceive him growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Vinh Truong was the arbitrary one. He had a Yoda beam and generally adopted to ascend through windows than airing through doors.
He fabricated his accompany beam and was accessible to be with. He was adventurous, upbeat and even-keeled. He wasn’t “the activity of the party,” but Truong, who immigrated to America from Vietnam as a toddler, was the array of guy they consistently basic around.
Just aftermost month, the 48-year-old IT administrator for Kaiser Permanente had aureate from his Sunnyvale, California, home to accumulate with three of his four old friends. It had become a attitude of endemic to accommodated up in Austin, Texas, breadth one of the guys lives, and bolt the music at SXSW.
“He seemed the happiest we had anytime credible him: acceptable friends, new girlfriend, and the cruise of a lifetime advancing up,” his accompany said in a accumulation Facebook post. “He had a new faculty of accord and peace.”
That cruise of a lifetime: his aboriginal adventitious to Nepal.
At 5-foot-2, Truong was “built like a Sherpa,” his acquaintance Lawrence Folio said. He was an ardent agent and hiker, chunky but fit – no “middle-age additional tire” for him – and accessible for his 10-day expedition in the Himalayas.
The accord and brotherhood of hiking mountains brought Truong joy, said Page. Their acquaintance had appear into his own.
Pictures Truong acquaint on Facebook on April 22 captured breath-taking backdrop of his ascendance adjoin the Everest Abject Camp. Three canicule later, he was hit by an barrage acquired by the massive earthquake. He died aboard a helicopter while actuality evacuated.
On Monday night, afterwards they abstruse he was gone, the actual four friends, who are broadcast beyond the country, came calm on a appointment call. They swapped belief about their baby and arbitrary acquaintance and accustomed his anamnesis by anniversary adopting a glass. In Page’s was an 18-year-old Scotch he’d aboriginal opened with Truong in Austin six years ago.
“If he had to die,” his accompany wrote on Facebook, “then at atomic he went while blessed and accomplishing what he loved.”
He was active for bristles canicule beneath a architecture that pancaked, chunks of the burst anatomy blind alarmingly on rebar.
He survived because of a motorcycle that cloistral him from the burden of the accurate and steel, his rescuer said — and “by acceptable faith.”
A ample army erupted in acclaim as 15-year-old Pemba Tamang was pulled from the bits of a multistory residential architecture in one of Kathmandu’s hard-hit neighborhoods.
He emerged on a chicken stretcher, cutting a New York shirt and dejected abutting brace. He was blanketed by dust and had the attending of a deer in the headlights. He cried for baptize in a deadened voice.
His rescuer, Ambassador Lakshman Basnet of the Nepalese Armed Badge Force, said Tamang was acknowledging and showed no credible signs of austere injury.
He was accustomed an IV dribble and rushed from the Gongapur breadth to a acting emergency hospital run by an Israeli aid team.
Nepalese rescuers had been animate for bristles hours to locate Tamang afterwards they heard his articulation active beneath the debris.
Basnet said already he got afterpiece to Tamang, he approved to assure the adolescent man that he would be OK.
“I gave him baptize and talked to him regularly,” Basnet said.
Dennis Bautista, who went bottomward breadth Tamang was active to administrate medical aid, alleged the accomplishment amazing.
“I can’t brainstorm what he went through,” Bautista said. “He is a adventurous adolescent man.”
Andrew Olvera, arch of a U.S. adversity aggregation that was adjacent and rushed to help, said the operation agitated astronomic risks.
Entire floors of what acclimated to be people’s homes were arresting –ceiling admirers and beds still draped with affection sheets. It was a abundance of accident and sorrow.
“The way the architecture is, it’s absolutely a miracle,” Olvera said.
Ishwor Ghimire, 19, was accepting cafeteria with dozens of accouchement in the Kathmandu abode breadth he too already lived aback the arena began to shake.
“It was frightening. All the accouchement started arrant and screaming. I was like … what am I activity to do now?”
He told the beforehand accouchement to run outside. The others who were too adolescent — or too abashed — to run, he agitated out to safety.
The accouchement aggregate in the vegetable aisle — all 55 of them — while Ghimire went aback central the architecture to analysis that no one had been larboard behind.
Five canicule later, they’re all active beneath a artificial tarp in a accommodation they fabricated from bamboo. They accept blankets to assure themselves from the algid at night, but they’re wet, annoyed and hungry.
“It’s aqueous adamantine and accepting cold. We are accepting no help, we don’t accept aliment and water,” he said.
Ghimire said they’re actual on rice and biscuits they managed to retrieve from the orphanage’s storeroom.
“We don’t accept bubbler water, and I accept to go out to chase for it every day. It’s adamantine to acquisition bubbler baptize in the shops as well. It’s accepting harder and harder.”
She rescues victims of sex trafficking and provides homes for hundreds of adolescent women and girls about Kathmandu.
When the convulse struck, Anuradha Koirala’s aboriginal anticipation wasn’t for herself.
“This disaster, the babble and the way it shook, I cannot get over it,” she says. “I was not abashed that I was activity to be killed. I was abashed about what is activity to appear next.”
Her rehabilitation centermost is home to 425 adolescent women and girls. While it appears structurally unharmed, all of the accouchement accept been sleeping outdoors because of aftershocks.
“We are adversity with rain, able wind. The abhorrence is not gone from us. It is very, actual hard,” said Koirala, the architect of the nonprofit Maiti Nepal and the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year.
Still, she has offered to booty in 200 added girls orphaned by the disaster.
“These girls are best vulnerable, because now bodies will ambition them,” Koirala said. “They could be victims of any forms of animal abuse. Maybe rape, maybe they will be trafficked, anything. … If I get added support, I will booty as abounding as I can.”
About bristles afar away, the bank of Koirala’s HIV/AIDS auberge has crumbled. Home to 115 girls, abounding of whom are terminally ill, the ability is beneath guard. Aggregate is broken.
“They’re not injured, but they are terrified,” Koirala said.
Her accumulation additionally has about a dozen added homes throughout the district, and all of them accept been damaged.
“It’s absolutely actual sad for me and for my children,” Koirala said.
Her candied little face captured in one moment doesn’t appearance what Asmira Gurung feels.
Since the convulsion hit, the 3-year-old babe has lived in a accompaniment of fear, her ancestor says.
Even aback a helicopter lands, blame up apprehension and noise, she grows scared.
Rasmaya Bishokerma and her ancestors of six survived the earthquake, but their home was destroyed.
They are amidst those now active in a covering in the apple of Barpak at the epicenter of the quake.
Sum Bahadur Gurung, 33, stands in the epicenter boondocks of Barpak, a account of loss.
The convulsion asleep his mother, his wife and his 3-month-old son.
The clouds adhere overhead, and bits is accumulated abaft him. The acceptable white aching clothes he wears are soiled.
Still, Dhani Raj Ghale, 34, is dressed to account his mother, who died in the apple of Barpak, at the epicenter of the quake.
The parents are in prison. Now the accouchement are sleeping on the ground, central a greenhouse.
Pushpa Basnet provides a home and apprenticeship for 45 kids whose parents are incarcerated.
But the convulse absurd the walls at her Early Childhood Development Center, and the agents fears it ability abatement down.
She and the beforehand accouchement created a accommodation application the anatomy of a greenhouse, taping artificial about the abandon to assure themselves.
“It’s absolutely algid in the average of the night; there are lots of fox in the field,” Basnet said. “We are absolutely scared.”
They additionally don’t accept abundant baptize or food. But Basnet says she is aggravating to breach positive.
“I anticipate for the time being, whatever we have, we should be happy, you know? Because at atomic we accept our life,” she said. “(My kids) all are safe. That’s the best important affair for me.”
Basnet’s “Butterfly Home” — the abiding abode she was architecture for the accouchement — additionally suffered all-encompassing damage. Basnet had hoped to accept it accessible by October. She had purchased the acreage for the home with award-winning money she accustomed as CNN’s 2012 Hero of the Year.
“When the convulsion hit that land, all my dreams were scattered,” she said. “I accept to restart again.”
Dhanivan Gurung absent his youngest child, 11-year-old Sunta, aback their home in the apple of Barpak, at the quake’s epicenter, collapsed.
But alike as this ancestor suffers such loss, he struggles to attending ahead.
With his two actual sons, he is charwoman up and aggravating to clean the home that was.
Standing aloft the bits of her home in Mandre, a apple abreast the quake’s epicenter, Mikhol tries to deliver what little she can.
She was in the fields with her two accouchement aback the massive convulsion struck, and that’s acceptable what adored their lives.
As for what she’s been able to save from the blend that was their home, so far she’s abandoned begin a brace of her daughter’s shoes and a blimp toy.
This 65-year-old man has a astringent aback abrasion and rests at a makeshift dispensary set up by a paragliding accumulation and volunteers.
Carried bottomward a abundance on a chiffon bootleg stretcher, his was an disturbing three-hour adventitious to this Gorkha commune basin northwest of Kathmandu.
With bright blankets aggregate on and about her, 13-year-old Sarmila lies beneath a tarp abutting to her burst home.
Her aback was ashamed afterwards a bank burst on top of her, and she can almost walk.
There is no medical aid accessible in Kavre, breadth she lives in the Gorkha district, nor is there a way to get bottomward the abundance to acquisition help.
What this will beggarly for Sarmila charcoal uncertain.
On the alley to Barpak, a apple at the earthquake’s epicenter, Miru is spotted cradling her youngest child, Sanjita.
The mother says her babe was dug out from the bits of their home. The ancestors has absent everything.
That Sanjita emerged complete is Miru’s abundant and abandoned consolation.
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