Pemba Tamang was an unknown teenager struggling to stay alive till Thursday. Now he is being described as a miracle boy, after being rescued from under the debris of a guest house in Kathmandu some 120 hours after Nepal's devastating quake that killed more than 6,000.
His rescue made headlines all over the world, and on Friday the news helped him reunite with his father! The two had lost contact for over a month when the 15-year-old fled home.
"He had left home more than a month ago and there was no trace. It was only after his rescue I came to know that he is alive and rushed to meet him at the hospital," said Pemba's father, Surya Tamang, a taxi driver.
The teenager had run away from the family's rented house in Kathmandu and was working as an errand boy in a guest house in Gongabu area of the capital. He had finished his lunch when the quake struck last Saturday.
"I wasn't able to rush out and got trapped. I was very afraid at first but it didn't bother me later. There were other people trapped in the building and I heard their cries for help," said Pemba.
Doctors attending the teen say he is in good shape, though dehydrated and hungry. Pemba claims to have survived on a jar of ghee and by drinking water by wringing wet facial wipes.
With his ordeal over, Pemba and his father have decided to stay together in Kathmandu.
"Despite my attempts to fulfill his demands, he was not interested in studies and would keep disappearing from home. Now I'll ensure that he doesn't run away again," said Surya.