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My Thought Unspoken: How a mother saved her son

Monday, January 30, 2012

How a mother saved her son

The story of Mother's Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake True or Hoax?

When I open my Facebook wall this morning, this is the post shared by a friend that caught my attention:


This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake.

After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.

He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “

The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.

The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!! — with clodd yvonne montero.

The flow of the story is quite touching, which even intrigue me to dig further information about it but since I was only using a cellphone when I was first reading the story, I found difficulties on finding the real source of this "true story" as they said.

When I have had a chance to open the internet on my computer, I searched again this story and I have seen the picture in bigger size. This is the close-up of the attached photo:


Please read again the story. Does this picture matches with what is being illustrated in the story. Is the child on this photo looks like 3 MONTHS OLD? Is this the photo that the story  refers to or it is just an illustration?

I surf the web further and I found an article with the same content as above entitled, China Earthqauke: How A Mother Saved Her Son(an Emotional Story) and when I made a photo-match search, I found the "Mother Love in Earthquake" Wins Photo Contest and the photo was captioned, "The photo "Mother Love in Earthquake" taken by Zou Sen wins the gold prize in War & Disaster News Singles in the 5th China International Press Photo (CHIPP) Contest held in Shanghai, China, from March 20 to 25, 2009." Here is the clearer copy of thepicture from China International Press Photo Contest.

According to Snopes.com, the above story began landing in inboxes weeks after a devastating earthquake Sichuan province of China on 12 May 2008. In September 2011, the online-circulated account was updated to relocate the tale to Japan and reference by the the horrific quake that rocked the eastern part of that island on 11 March 2011.

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