ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage woman who was badly injured in Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti has had her right foot amputated.
Christa Brelsford's lower right leg was crushed by rubble from the 7.0 magnitude temblor that devastated the Haitian capital and has likely claimed tens -- perhaps hundreds -- of thousands of lives.
Brelsford was transported to a hospital in Miami on Wednesday where doctors were forced to amputate. On Thursday a remarkably upbeat Brelsford recounted her harrowing experience, which started in a two-story concrete building.
"I thought a truck had hit the building because I because if felt it shake and knew it wasn't a stable building," she said. "Julian (Christa's brother) made it all the way out of the house. He stopped in a metal-framed doorway so he wasn't badly hurt, but I slipped going down the stairs so my lower legs were crushed."
Julian Brelsford remains in Haiti. He suffered minor injuries and was not allowed on the same evac plane as Christa. The siblings were in the Caribbean nation volunteering in humanitarian aid efforts before the quake struck.