Emergency responders rescued a woman from a collapsing building in Iowa on May 28, only after doctors amputated her leg trapped under rubble, according to a report.
“The moment that we hit the door, it started to shake and rattle and literally – it all just happened in the blink of a second – the floors caved in, like collapsed,” Quanesha’s spouse, Lexus Berry, told CBS. “So as the floors were falling, and she was falling four stories down, there were still two stories above her falling and two stories falling above me. It was all crumbling.” (RELATED: ‘There’s People In The Rubble Yelling’: 911 Audio Reveals Panic, Chaos After Surfside Condo Collapse)
A woman was freed from the rubble of the Davenport, Iowa apartment building hours after it collapsed by having her leg amputated: “Like a miracle that she’s here.” https://t.co/IMvBbFPPdV
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 1, 2023
Hours later, first responders found Berry trapped beneath a pile of rubble and determined the only way they could safely remove her from the ruins of the apartment building would be to amputate one of her legs. “Due to the circumstances, they had to make a judgment call. And that’s the best thing for her, honestly, because she’s still here,” Lexus told the outlet.
Davenport Police Chief Jeff Bladel revealed 53 tenants resided in the 80-unit building before the collapse, CBS reported. Five residents are still unaccounted for, and two are believed to be trapped within the rubble. Despite that, authorities are mulling over bringing down the rest of the structure as the instability is making rescue efforts dangerous for emergency officials, the Associated Press reported.
Andrew Wold, the owner of the building, has been cited for “failing to maintain the structure in a safe and structurally sound condition,” CNN reported, citing a court document filed on May 30. Wold faces a $300 fine plus court costs if found guilty.