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Survivor’s Story

Jan. 12, 2010, about 300-thousand people died in the Haiti earthquake. In the middle of the tragedy, there were amazing stories of survival, like Dan Woolley....whose rescue from a collapsed hotel made headlines around the world. Read Transcript


IF FOUND, PLEASE GIVE TO

MY WIFE, CHRISTINA.

I LOVE YOU.

Reporter: IT REFLECTS

HIS MOST DESPERATE MOMENTS.

HE HAD ONLY ARRIVED IN HAITI

ONE DAY BEFORE THE DEADLY

EARTHQUAKE LITERALLY BURIED

HIM ALIVE.

I NEVER COULD HAVE

PREDICTED THAT THIS COULD BE

SUCH A DIVIDING LINE IN MY

LIFE.

IT IS LIFE BEFORE THIS AND

LIFE AFTER THIS.

Reporter: HIS WORK WITH

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL

BROUGHT HIM TO

PORT-AU-PRINCE, WORKING WITH

THE ORGANIZATION WORKING

WITH POOR MOTHERS.

I LOVE JOSH AND NATHAN,

THE JOY AND PRIDE OF MY

LIFE.

Reporter: BUT THE

FATHER OF TWO ALSO LEFT A

STRUGGLE OF TW TWO BEHIND

WITH HIS WIFE.

IT WASN'T THAT I DIDN'T

LOVE MY WIFE.

BUT WE LEFT THE BUSINESS OF

LIFE GET IN THE WAY.

THERE HAD BEEN A COOLING OFF

BETWEEN ME AND GOD, AND THE

PRIORITY THAT I FEEL MY

FAITH NEEDS TO HAVE IN MY

LIFE.

IT JUST WASN'T THERE.

Reporter: THE HAITI

TRIP OFFERED AN ESCAPE,

EXCITING WORK, AND RELAXING

ACCOMODATIONS.

STAY THE NIGHT, MONDAY

NIGHT, IN THE HOTEL MONTANA,

AND GOT UP EARLY TUESDAY

MORNING AND ENJOYED THE

AMAZING VIEW FROM THE

MONTANA, AND, OF COURSE,

NEVER IMAGINING WHAT WOULD

BEFALL LATEST THAT

AFTERNOON.

Reporter: THE

EARTHQUAKE HIT AT EXACTLY

4:53.

DAN AND HIS COLLEAGUE

RETURNED FROM THE

HOMOFLOOR.

SOMETHING KNOCKED MY

BACKPACK AND SOMETHING

STRUCK MY HEAD.

I HAD A BIG GASH ON MY

HEAD.

AND SOMETHING PASSED RIGHT

BY MY FACE.

WITHIN THREE SECONDS, THE

HOTEL HAD COLLAPSED, AND

WENT FROM VIBRANT COLOR TO

COMPLETE, ACTUALLY

DARKNESS.

I ACTUALLY WONDER AT FIRST

IF I AM DEAD.

I THINK THIS IS IT, AND I'VE

PASSED ON.

Reporter: IN THE

DARKNESS, HE COULD FEEL HIS

CAMERA AROUND HIS NECK.

HE BEGAN TAKING PICTURES,

USING THE FLASH TO SEE HIS

SURROUNDINGS.

AT ONE POINT I TAKE A

PICTURE OF THE ELEVATOR

CAR.

THEN I REALIZE, NOW THAT

LOOKS LIKE A SAFER PLACE I

CAN GET TO.

Reporter: IN TIME, HE

FREED HIMSELF FROM THE

RUBBLE AND CLIMBED INTO THE

TINY ELEVATOR CAR.

HE HOPED SOMEONE WOULD FIND

HIM, BUT WONDERED WHAT WOULD

HAPPEN IF NO ONE DID.

I WAS VERY CONCERNED

ABOUT THAT.

WHAT IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE

WHEN I FACE MY CREATOR.

RIGHT THERE I CAME TO GOD

WITH NOTHING HIDDEN.

I HEARD A VOICE IN MY HEAD

THAT SAID, YOU ARE MINE.

Reporter: THAT GAVE HIM

PEACE.

AS HOURS TURNED INTO DAYS.

HE BEGAN WRITING THIS LETTER

TO HIS FAMILY.

I WAS IN A BIG ACCIDENT.

DON'T BE UPSET WITH GOD.

HE ALWAYS PROVIDES FOR HIS

CHILDREN.

EVEN THOUGH I KIND OF

SETTLED WITH GOD, I STILL

DIDN'T FEEL LIKE IT WAS MY

TIME TO GO.

Reporter: HE FOUND

HIMSELF WORSHIPPING GOD IN

THE TINY ELEVATOR CAR.

BUT AFTER THREE DAYS IN THE

UNDERGROUND DARKNESS, HE

DECIDED TO GIVE UP.

I CRAWLED OUT AND WAS

LAYING EN THE MOMENT, AND IT

WAS AT THAT TIME THAT I SAW

THE HEAD LAMP OF MY

RESCUER.

HE CAME DOWN AND SAID, I'M

COMING FOR YOU.

I'M GOING TO GET YOU OUT OF

THERE.

Reporter: THE STORY OF

HIS RISE FROM THE RUINS

PLAYED THROUGHOUT THE

WORLD.

[SPEAKING A

FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

I'M STILL PRAYING THAT

GOD WILL GET ME OUT.

Reporter: HE LIVED TO

READ THAT LETTER TO HIS WIFE

AND CHILDREN.

HIS PARTNER DID NOT MAKE

IT.

HE PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIM.

IT'S A STORY OF SURVIVAL,

AND HOW TO REBUILD THOSE

RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD AND

FAMILY.

I THINK THE EARTHQUAKE

SAVED THE RELATIONSHIP THAT

GOD MEANT FOR ME.

HE WANTED ALL OF ME.

Reporter: EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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