Haiti: Girl Rescued after 15 days

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Doctors treating a 16-year-old girl pulled from the rubble more than two weeks after Haiti's earthquake say she's lucid and in stable condition.

Darlene Etienne apparently had been trapped for 15 days under a collapsed home near her university, when neighbors heard her calling weakly yesterday. A French search team dug her out and took her to a hospital ship anchored offshore.

Dr. Evelyne Lambert says the girl is now drinking water and eating yogurt and mashed vegetables. Lambert says she can't explain how Etienne made it through, but gives her a 90 percent chance of survival.

Authorities say it's is rare for anyone to survive more than 72 hours without water, but it's possible the teen had some access to water from a bathroom in the wrecked house. Rescuers say she mumbled something about have a little Coca-Cola with her.

It was initially reported the girl had suffered a broken leg.

But doctors now say while both her legs were trapped and sore, nothing was broken.

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