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Survival in Devastation – International Women’s Day 2016

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Olivia Cruickshank & Abigail (Abbie) Cruickshank you are the women who inspire me more than my words can describe today on International Women’s Day.

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These two aren’t well-known feminists or strong political leaders or even keyboard warriors fighting for a greater world.

But when thinking about who I wanted to highlight today on International Women’s day, it was these two, Mother and daughter who inspire me…actually scrub that, they don’t just inspire me, they totally and utterly blow my mind!

Through a cataclysmic event, the personification of fierce Motherly protection for her daughter, fighting for her own survival through the most severe circumstances not once but 3 times, facing extreme odds, fierce determination and not one but two A-Mazing miracles both these women survived!

Through a cataclysmic event, the personification of fierce Motherly protection for her daughter, fighting for her own survival through the most severe circumstances not once but 3 times, facing extreme odds, fierce determination and not one but two A-Mazing miracles both these women survived!

Read their story in the links below, it blows me away every-single-time.


The mention of this little girl 2 years ago stuck in my mind the most from so many of the stories I read.

I didn’t know her name, I didn’t see her picture, I just heard or read it mentioned in one of the 100’s of things I absorbed over those few terrifying days.

With living in Wellington, but with a whole host of Family, Best friends and loved ones living in Christchurch, I was like a sponge and just tried to gather as much info as I could in the hours preceding the Christchurch Earthquake 22 February 2011.

This was one thing I could attempt to do, to help share what was relevant with them and keep them informed, as they were only getting patchy reports themselves with lack of power, internet, phone signals and being shut off.

All I heard were these snippets…

There were just a couple of reports at the time of:

“a man picking up a little girl from under her ‘deceased’ Mother & ‘running’ full speed with her in his arms all the way to the hospital”…

& then a hospital report that:

“their first patient to arrive through their doors that day was this man running in with her in his arms, handing her over, then he took off again”…

I don’t know why this two snippets, these two sentences of a wider report stuck with me the most, but this made me bawl my eyes out at the time, a huge torrential river bawl.

I remember searching weeks later on the internet to see if she had survived & was ok, but I just couldn’t find anything.

Exactly 2 years later, I was absolutely delighted to read this A-Mazing story of her survival, but then also the even more A-Mazing mind blowing survival of her Mother!!!

An almost unbelievably miracle, but miracle it most definitely was. (I bawled my eyes out even more again…and then some more…and then a whole lot more).

This is their story, the one I read a whole 2 years later that just blew my mind!

What I have written in my post today doesn’t do their stories justice, but Olivia Carville’s reporting on Stuff in the links below is one of the most inspiring stories I could every recommend you read.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8337075/Mothers-survival-against-the-odds?fb_ref=Default

About a white-sneakered lifeless foot protruding from a dirty blanket beneath a colossal brick and concrete column the “size of a two-seater couch”.

About a little girl, purple, bloodied, starved of oxygen and limp being run on foot at full speed through the devastated streets of Christchurch on a Human stretcher all the way to the Hospital.

This year for the 5 year anniversary Stuff did a follow-up on Olivia and Abbie and I was once again delighted to read that they were thriving and I cried a river yet again.

You can read about how they are doing now 5 years on.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/77146793/from-the-archives-mum-daughters-survival-against-the-odds

Olivia and Abbie, you captured my thoughts 5 years ago and today I highlight and salute you both and your truly amazing Survival and Recovery for International Women’s Day.

Sending prayers out to the both, your family and your further recovery :-)

May your life be filled with much love, much laughter and much lasting memories xxoo


 

It’s International Women’s Day 2016 today, I’m linking up with the fabulous Lucy from Lulastic who is hosting a Blog Linkup feel free to post your link too.
NB: My post isn’t exactly in keeping with what most people write about for International Women’s Day, but it was what was on my heart :-)

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