Applause is rare around the rubble in Haiti. But rescue workers broke into it late Tuesday when a Haitian boy named Kiki emerged dusty, but safe -- and smiling.
For more than seven days, the 7-year-old was buried beneath what had been a three-story house. It took six hours for rescuers to dig him out. Not far away, those same rescuers were saving his sister. Kiki's sister, Sabrina, was also trapped.
Eight days after the quake, finding anyone who's still alive amid all the death and debris has become uncommon, but to find a brother and sister is nothing short of amazing. While some of the life-savers are from New York
, many are from Fairfax
They are part of that elite search and rescue team that's been pulling people from certain death since early last Wednesday.
Some have battled dehydration and the days seem to run together, but they haven't stopped. So far, they've saved 17. Their first was a UN worker who had been trapped beneath what was left of the agency's headquarters for five hours.
Kiki and Sabrinah had been trapped for more than a week. Wednesday morning, their father arrived at a field hospital and fed them biscuits.
Meanwhile, the Fairfax County search and rescue team will continue crawling, digging, sifting ... and hopefully that will lead to more clapping.
Published at 6:28 AM EST on Jan 21, 2010