KATHMANDU, Apr 29 : As he lay trapped for some 82 hours under the rubble of his Kathmandu hotel after Nepal's devastating earthquake, Rishi Khanal knew what he must do to survive: drink his own urine.
After a painstaking rescue effort, Nepalese and French emergency workers finally pulled the 28-year-old alive late Tuesday from the wreckage, from where he had been desperately calling relatives on his phone for days.
Dazed and caked in dirt, Khanal was carried out of the wreckage on a stretcher before being taken to hospital where doctors said he was lucky to be alive, suffering a leg injury.
Brother-in-law Purna Ram Bhattarai, 32, described how Khanal was left helpless when his leg was pinned under debris during Saturday's quake that has killed more than 5,000 people.
"He said that the walls just started crumbling, and there was nothing he could do. His leg was stuck and he was trapped," Bhattarai told AFP on Wednesday.
"He said he was so thirsty that he even drank his own urine, there was nothing else, no option," Bhattarai said as he waited at Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital for Khanal to return from surgery on his leg. From beneath the rubble, Khanal had called Bhattarai to plead for help. ?AFP