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Trapped for 17 days, Bangladesh collapse victim speaks about ordeal


BANGLADESH (CNN/WKOW) -- Her story of survival has captivated the world, she was buried alive and spent 17 days in pitch darkness, surviving on filthy water and a few biscuits.

She was the last survivor to be found in the ruins of the collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh. Now in an exclusive interview, the 19-year-old seamstress spoke with CNN from her hospital bed.

Reshma was pulled out of the rubble, her rescue hailed a miracle. She has no broken bones or serious injuries, but is still weak.

"I'd keep sleeping off and on," she said. "I couldn't see anything it was so dark."

Cracks in the building had been already been detected. CNN asked Reshma if she'd been warned not to go to work.

"No, no one told me," she said. "Everyone was looking to see which parts were cracked, so I went in and I see that there's a wall where a little bit is cracked. The managers said this is just water damage and you guys can work."

Day after day as rescue efforts carried on above her, she lay in pitch dark, scavenging for food and water. "There was a hole, I didn't know if it was dirty water, or what type of water, I was thirsty, so I drank," she said.

Reshma had no idea how long she'd been inside. She heard nothing and saw nothing until the 17th day when it all changed. "Suddenly I heard the call to prayer, then I heard sounds," she recalled. "I heard the sounds of voices and I wondered where's the sound coming from, where's the sound coming from?"

Reshma says she was overjoyed and asked God to save her. Images of her rescue were seen the world over, crews had thrown in a flashlight, allowing Reshma to find a fresh set of clothes to change into.

"The day I got out, all my clothes had torn off me and I didn't have many clothes on," she said. "I was thinking how was I going to come out in front of all those people, I'm a woman, I put the clothes on before coming out."

She says she's unsure about her future, but she knows she's not going back to the garment business.

"Everybody please pray for me," Reshma asked.

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