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Woman rescued from rubble week after Haiti quake

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Survivor found on day seven
  • Ena Zizi, in her 70s, lasted seven days in rubble near national cathedral
  • Zizi taken to clinic, though it doesn't have the operating facilities needed to treat her
  • Woman's son: We never gave up hope that she'd be found
  • Rescue crews believe two other people may be alive under wreckage nearby

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Rescue workers pulled a woman out of rubble near Haiti's national cathedral Tuesday, a week after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck.

The rescue crews believe two other people may be alive under wreckage nearby, in part because of a text message the crews believe was sent from under the rubble, a CNN crew reported.

Men carried the woman, Ena Zizi, who is in her 70s, from the rubble on a wooden board as she grasped its edges.

They took her to a nearby clinic, although it doesn't have the operating facilities needed to treat her, the CNN crew reported.

Zizi's right femur was fractured and she was in shock, the crew reported.

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Her son, Maxime Janvier, told CNN that he never gave up hope that she'd be found.

"We were praying a lot for that to happen," he said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that about 90 victims have been saved by 43 international rescue teams, made up of some 1,700 people, in the days after the quake.

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The earthquake struck the afternoon of January 12. Its epicenter was just south of Port-au-Prince.

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