A Little Girl Named Li Yi
The following are Reuters agency photos of the rescue operation for a 10-year-old girl trapped in the rubble of Miaoba Middle School in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China on May 15, 2008.
The rescuers found the girl named Li Yi.
The rescuers give Li Yi an IV feed while they formulate a rescue plan.
[note the hand of another child on the left]
Her life is threatened unless an amputation is performed.
This is a cruel choice for the girl.
Without an operating room, without disinfection facilities, without any preparation,
the doctor amputated her left leg in open air.
The doctor immediately bandaged up her wound.
Her left arm was also broken during the earthquake.
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