She stood motionless, staring blankly at the cameras, Volcanic debris had trapped her legs.
Hidden below the ground, gangrene ate into her calves, as she faded.
13 year old Omayra’s death was captured live.
Gyanban Thoughts - Nevado Del Ruiz volcano erupted on November 13,1985 which killed nearly 25,000 people in Armero, Columbia. Omayra could have escaped, but stopped to save her sibling from the oncoming volcanic lava. Her legs got trapped in the deris of her own home.
When rescue teams arrived they realized that she could not be extracted without amputating her legs. She died with gangrene and hypothermia.
She began hallucinating in her last moments. World news covered this episode..as they say saw Omayra die a slow painful death.
For 3 days her pain and agony was captured by television crews but one photograph went on to capture the imagination of the world. Frank Fournier captured this shot just a few moments before she died.
The photograph was taken by photojournalist Frank Fournier and is listed as one of the photographs ,that shook the world.