NY1—January 12, 2015
A Queens woman is recalling her incredible story of survival following the massive earthquake that shook Haiti five years ago. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
Looking at the pictures that documented her recovery, Darline Bertil says she doesn't know how she survived the earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people in Haiti, including one of her best friends. Both were working at the Hotel Montana when it collapsed on them.
"He passed two hours before they found me. They rescued me," Bertil says.
Bertil lost both hands and part of her arm after being trapped in the rubble for five days.
Bertil reunited with her mother and both were granted a temporary visa to come to the U.S. after her doctor reached out to State Senator Daniel Squadron.
Since then she has received free electronic prostheses from Hospital for Special Surgery.
This story originally appeared at ny1.com.