Girl's wiggling fingers in rubble give Mexico rescue workers fresh hope

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

Hard-hit Mexico City and much of the nation had pinned its hope on the survival of a little girl believed to be buried alive beneath the rubble of what was once the Colegio Enrique Rebsamen school.

A doctor working with the rescue team, Alfredo Vega, said a girl who he identified only as Frida Sofia had been located alive under the pancaked floor slabs. But young Frida appeared to be nothing more than a mythical rallying symbol created out of the chaos and confusion of death and destruction. Many are uncertain where they will go next, but grateful to have a safe refuge.

Mexican officials expressed doubt on Thursday that any children - dead or alive - remained in the rubble of the collapsed elementary school in Mexico City, an outcome that could turn into an emotional whipsaw for a country that had been fixated for almost 24 hours on the search for a missing student following a devastating natural disaster.

The delegation began assisting rescue efforts of 2 sites that collapsed in Mexico City.

A rescue dog credited with saving 52 lives is already back at work saving lives, after a 7.1 magnitude quake tore through Mexico City.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has declared three days of mourning, adding in a tweet of his own that "every minute counts to save lives".

"If anything distinguishes Mexicans, it is our generosity and fraternity", Nieto said.

"I am sure nothing is going to fall here", 7-year-old Oscar Montero said.

Workers hug during the search for students at Enrique Rebsamen school after an quake in Mexico.

Several other rescued children were transferred to a local hospital.

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