Mary Amantillo

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Mary Amantillo. Photo / Supplied
Mary Amantillo. Photo / Supplied

Mary Louise Anne Bantillo Amantillo, 23, from the Philippines, sent a text message to her parents back in the Philippines as she lay trapped in the rubble of the CTV building.

The first text message said: "Ma, I got buried."

About 40 minutes later: "Ma, I can't move my right hand."

Then, a brief call to her parents pleading to send help.

She was officially named as one of the victims of the earthquake on March 18, 2011.

Mary, a nurse, was in New Zealand to immerse herself in English.

- NZ Herald

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