Bangladesh collapse left many amputees

"It was the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry. When the Rana Plaza factory building crashed down in April, 1129 people were killed. But many others had to sacrifice their limbs to survive.

Arms and legs were trapped under the building rubble, forcing rescuers with no medical training to perform amputations on the spot to free the victims. No anesthesia was available. Some of the rescuers used butchers knives or hacksaws to cut through the flesh and save the trapped workers. Many of those freed are still recovering.

Bangladesh’s government and garment manufacturers are campaigning to close dangerous factories and to make safety a priority for the country’s most valuable export industry. But many in the government, the industry and the rescue workers said they would not be shocked if another terrible tragedy happened.”

(Photos by Kevin Frayer/AP)

1. Laboni, 21, who worked on the 4th floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Laboni had her left amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 36 hours after the building collapsed.

2.  Labli, 25, who worked on the 2nd floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Labli had her left leg amputated to free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 48 hours after the building collapsed.

3. Pakhi, 25, who worked on the 5th floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 14, 2013. Pakhi had both her legs amputated ito free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed.

4. Aroti, 16, who worked on the 5th floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Aroti had her right leg amputated in hospital when she was rescued from the rubble nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed.

5. Rikta, 27, who worked on the 3rd floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Rikta had her right arm amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed.

6. Sonia, 18, who worked on the 6th floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Sonia had her right leg amputated to free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 48 hours after the building collapsed.

7. Mariyam, 30,who worked on the 6th floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Mariyam had her right arm amputated to free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed.

8. Anna, 16, who worked on the 5th floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait with her prosthetic right arm at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Anna had her right arm amputated to free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 48 hours after the building collapsed.

9. Shahi Noor, 25, who worked on the 6th floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College in Savar, near Dhaka on June 15, 2013. Shahi Noor had her right leg amputated to free her from the rubble on the day the building collapsed.


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