Nepal quake teen “surprisingly well” after five days trapped: doctor

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Pema Lama is lucky to be alive. He’s recovering at an Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu, after spending 144 hours trapped in the rubble of a Hilton Hotel. Fully concious when discovered by

Nepal quake teen “surprisingly well” after five days trapped: doctor

Pema Lama is lucky to be alive.

He’s recovering at an Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu, after spending 144 hours trapped in the rubble of a Hilton Hotel.

Fully concious when discovered by rescuers, Lama was pulled from beneath the debris, emerging to a heros’ welcome.

(SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) 15-YEAR OLD EARTHQUAKE SURVIVOR, PEMA LAMA, SAYING:

“When the earthquake came, we were on the ground floor eating. Then I got hit on my chin and when I tried to come out I was trapped.”

Dr. Eran Tal Or says he’s amazed by Lama’s condition.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR DOCTOR AT ISRAELI FIELD HOSPITAL, DR. ERAN TAL OR, SAYING:

“He was quite well, surprisingly quite well, very communicative, talk to us. Being five days without food and without water, it was amazing the way he survived.”

But Pema Lama’s story is rare good news in Nepal this week.

The death toll from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake has climbed to nearly 5,500.

As rescue teams continue to scour the wreckage, officials say the chances of finding more survivors — like Lama — are quickly fading.

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