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during vSeveral minutes the Mexican Juliana Velandia Santaella she thought i wouldn’t go out with life of the alley where more than 150 people died on Saturday during the Halloween celebrations in Seoul, and in which she was completely trapped and “unable to breathe” for at least half an hour, she said.

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“I was totally paralyzed. She couldn’t even move her toes, ”recalls this 23-year-old from Mexicali with surprising integrity.

Juliana finally made it out of the alley, but now suffers from rhabdomyolysis, which occurs when oxygen does not reach the muscles (in case of crushing, for example) and the decomposition of the tissue passes into the bloodstream, which can later damage the kidneys, in addition to causing other possible sequelae.

He knows very well what he is talking about; She is an exchange medical student currently studying at Bucheon Catholic University (southwest of Seoul), where she arrived last August.

Velandia remembers taking a photo in the company of her roommate, also Mexican, in the busiest bar street in the neighborhood, Itaewon ro 27 ga gil, at 10:08 p.m. local time on Saturday (1:08 p.m. GMT), as recorded in your phone.

“We walked a few meters, turned left and everything happened in the alley. I was at the top of the slope. And we all started to fall down. They began to push us, to push, to push and they didn’t stop,” recalls the Baja Californian about the moment they tried to reach the main avenue of the neighborhood, Itaewon ro, through the aforementioned alley, barely 3.2 meters long. width.

“At one point they began to push us so much that I lost sight of her (my partner). She no longer knew where she was. They started to crush my entire chest and I couldn’t expand my lungs and I couldn’t breathe, ”she adds in a telephone interview.

Mexican survives stampede during Halloween in South Korea. EFE PHOTO

What follows is a terrifying account of the episode that has cost the lives of more than 150 people.s, mostly women – usually less corpulent – who, like Juliana, were in their twenties.

“At one point my feet were no longer touching the ground, there were already bodies under me. There was a boy who was unconscious and he was crushing me and my legs were getting so crushed that I stopped feeling them. I swore at one point that I was going to lose my legs, that they were going to break them… That I would never be able to move them again”, he explains.

For several minutes the only thing he could move was his neck and he verified “that I couldn’t breathe through my nose anymore because I couldn’t expand my lungsyes”.

“I realized that the only way to continue breathing was through the mouth. I was taking very short, rapid breaths through my mouth,” recalls Velandia.

Once the unconscious young man on top of her was lifted, she was able to breathe easier and a Korean boy, who was not from the rescue teams, began to pull her.

“The problem is that my legs were still stuck between all the bodies. They couldn’t get me up. This boy helped me get my legs out from between the bodies. When they released me I looked at my cell phone and it was 10:58 p.m. I want to assume that I was stuck there between 30 and 40 minutes,” she states.

It took several minutes for Velandia to be able to walk again because her legs were still numb from lack of circulation.

“I couldn’t find my friend, I stayed an hour waiting to see if I could find… her body,” she says with great regret.

Fortunately, he found her thanks to the fact that his partner, who lost her cell phone in the riot, was able to dial her number from someone else’s phone when she also managed to get out of that alley alive.

The two spent the rest of the night at a friend’s house in Itaewon and went to the hospital the next day.

Juliana is now suffering from terrible muscle pain and suffered from a fever due to rhabdomyolysis.

“It hurts to breathe, it hurts to walk. Basically I can’t move, ”explains the Mexican, for whom a painful recovery awaits, both physically and mentally.

With information from EFE



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J. A. Allen

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