- A mother saved her daughter after they fell four floors during the Miami apartment collapse.
- Angela Gonzalez broke her pelvis in the fall but pulled herself and her daughter out of the rubble.
- Gonzalez and her daughter are being treated in hospital, but her husband remains missing.
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A mother who fell four floors and shattered her pelvis during the Surfside apartment collapse in Miami pulled herself and her teenage daughter out of the rubble in an incredible act of determination, CBS Miami reported.
Angela Gonzalez and her 16-year-old daughter, Devon, were inside their ninth-floor apartment block in Champlain Towers South when it partially collapsed on Thursday.
Both fell from the ninth floor to the fifth floor as the building crumbled, leaving Gonzalez with a broken pelvis.
However, the brave mother was able to drag her daughter from the rubble and the two were later taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, CBS Miami reported.
Unfortunately, Angela’s husband, Edgar, is among the 159 apartment residents who are still unaccounted for as of Saturday morning, the BBC reported.
The official death toll currently stands at four people.
Lisa Melencial, a family friend of the Gonzalez’s, told reporters at the scene: “Even though it’s a tragic scenario. I just want prayers and just the best for her and her family.”
Firefighters, working around the clock to find anyone who got buried under the rubble, are hearing noises that could be coming from survivors.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis said the focus remained on finding all the remaining survivors. However, questions must be raised as to what exactly happened to the 12-story building, which was completed in 1981.
He said authorities need to know “if this is a bigger issue, or something unique to the building,” the BBC reported.