View Full Version : Woman, 98, buried beneath rubble of earthquake for 30 hours, crocheted to pass time

04-08-2009, 03:12 PM

An elderly woman spent 30 hours buried beneath the rubble of her home crocheting to pass the time, she told her rescuers.
Maria D'Antuono, 98, was rescued from her home in Tempera yesterday after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy, killing at least 260 people.
And another miracle tale of survival emerged as a young woman was pulled alive from the wreckage of her home last night, 42 hours after the quake.

Eleonora Calesini, 20, who is hard of hearing, was found by rescue teams using sniffer dogs and heat-seeking equipment.
...link (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1168439/Pictured-Rescue-woman-98-buried-beneath-rubble-Italian-earthquake-30-hours--crocheted-pass-time.html?ITO=1490)

What a game old bird! It obviously wasn't her time to go.

04-08-2009, 05:16 PM
My almost 97 year old grandfather is from northern Italy, in the alps right north of Trieste and south of Villach, Austria. I don't know if it's the gene pool, the water supply or the eating habits, but italians from north and central Italy can have some serious longevity.