"It Really Was a Miracle"

May 14, 2015 • Nepal
Remote Assessment Team - May 12 Earthquake Landslide

Living through the second earthquake in Nepal

Dr. Lance Plyler, the leader of the Samaritan’s Purse medical team in Nepal, was high in the Himalayas assessing medical and relief needs when the May 12 earthquake hit, triggering a landslide on the trail.

Nepal earthquake response

It was a miracle. We were on the most dangerous part of the trail and were about to come to a village when we decided to stop and eat lunch. When we finished, we moved on to the village of about 35 households.

Suddenly, everybody started screaming and running. A second earthquake was happening. A huge landslide occurred right in front of us. It crushed eight cows. Dust was everywhere. If we hadn’t eaten lunch early, we would have been underneath it with the cows. Instead, we were sitting on a porch, talking with the people in the village.

SP medical team at Anandaban hospital; leprosy ward; Dr. Lance Plyler

Dr. Lance Plyer sits with a leprosy patient at Anandaban Hospital in Nepal. After the earthquake, Dr. Plyler led a medical team to treat various wounds.

The women continued screaming because two little girls were out there with the goats, right in the path of the landslide. When the rocks stopped falling for a while, the dad ran as fast as he could past the landslide and grabbed his daughters. I don’t know how they managed to escape the rocks.

As they were coming back, the rocks began falling again. I couldn’t believe the timing. The rocks just barely missed them as the dad brought his girls back to safety.

We’ve counted about 38 aftershocks, and some of them have been significant. I felt like I getting ready to get knocked off a surfboard. It was scary, but no one got killed here. We’re all OK. Praise God. It really was a miracle.