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World - Asia/Pacific

Sebastian's story: Fighting to save tsunami survivors

Sebastian
Sebastian  
July 23, 1998
Web posted at: 1:38 p.m. EDT (1338 GMT)

VANIMO, Papua New Guinea (CNN) -- Medical workers are racing against the clock here to save scores of injured islanders who are emerging from the jungle with wounds left to fester since a massive tsunami crashed into the area Friday.

The powerful tidal wave, triggered by an earthquake, killed perhaps as many as 6,000 people in several coastal villages, sending survivors scrambling for shelter.

Military doctors have set up a makeshift hospital in Vanimo, not far from where the fierce tsunami slammed ashore.

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What doctors are seeing most is a second round of infections, mostly gangrene caused by wounds left untreated for nearly a week. The infections are highly toxic.

Sebastian Alosi is one of those patients, an 8-year-old boy who just came out of the jungle. He nearly died Wednesday night, but doctors sacrificed one of his limbs in order to save his life.

Reporter John Raedler has Sebastian's story.



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