Rescued Japanese Student from Christchurch Earthquake, Amputated, Returns to Japan
March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Kento Okuda, a 19-year-old student at Toyama College of Foreign Languages, was in the CTV building housing the King’s Education language school when the magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck. His right leg was amputated when he was rescued in the recent powerful earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, left the city on Feb. 28, heading back to Japan. Twenty-eight Japanese nationals trapped underneath the rubble of the building are still unaccounted for.
At about 5 a.m. on Feb. 28, an ambulance carrying Okuda arrived at Christchurch International Airport, and he was pushed to a boarding gate in a wheelchair. After flying to Japan via Auckland he is due to receive treatment at a hospital in Tokyo.
Mayor Bob Parker said he was sorry that Okuda had been caught up in the disaster. He stated that he wanted the 19-year-old to get better quickly and return to New Zealand, and would like to personally meet him again upon his return.