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The agony and uncertainty of the families of the people disappeared in the collapse of the Miami building has now lasted five days.
Rescue and debris removal tasks are so complicated that so far only 11 people have been rescued dead. 150 remain to be found.
The Champlain Towers South building, located in Surfside on the border with Miami Beach, collapsed in the early hours of Thursday for causes to be determined.
The hope of your loved ones to find them alive decreases as the days go byBut some still cling to the idea that they can reunite with their families while providing DNA samples to facilitate identification.
After that figure of 150 disappeared there are as many stories with names and surnames, full of dreams or even coincidences of why life led them to be in that building at the time of the tragedy.
These are just five of those stories.
The Argentine male couple and their little daughter
The Argentinian Andrés Galfrascoli, His couple Fabían Nunez And your daughter Sofia 5-year-olds had arrived at Champlain Towers a few hours before it collapsed.
The first is a renowned plastic surgeon in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires and the second is an accountant and theatrical writer.
According to the newspaper Clarin, the couple was one of the first in Argentina to resort to surrogacy in the United States in order to have children.
The family was excited by power to enjoy so close to ocean for a few days before returning to Argentina.
Friends and acquaintances, who declared that the couple wanted to have a second baby, do not lose hope that they will be found alive.
The nanny of the relatives of the first lady of Paraguay
At 23 years old, Leidy Vanessa Luna Villalba She had just nervously made her first trip outside of her native Paraguay.
The young woman was born in a small town in the department of Guairá in the eastern part of the country and worked as a nanny for the family of the sister of the Paraguayan first lady, Silvana López Moreira, her husband and their three children.
A member of a humble family, the young woman did this job sporadically to pay for her nursing studies, according to the Paraguayan media Ultima Hora.
The family asked him to accompany them on a trip to Miami to take care of the children. Despite the doubts for never having gotten on a plane, Leidy Vanessa agreed and arrived in the US last Wednesday, also just hours before the apartment building collapsed.
All six are missing. “Hope is the last thing to be lost, we hope a miracle will happen. We don’t know whether to cry her one way or another “, her cousin Lourdes told CNN last week.
The “message” found by the relatives of a Cuban woman
The family of Hilda noriega he ran to the building where she lived after hearing the news of the collapse in Surfside. Among the rubble they found no trace of the 92-year-old woman,
What his son did find among the remains that were scattered around the area were important memories of his mother: an old photo of her with her fuzzy husband and young son, and a birthday card her church group had sent her weeks earlier.
The woman left Cuba in the 1960s with her husband. For 20 years he had lived on the sixth floor of Champlain Towers and loved being near the sea.
Although she was independent and had an enviable youth according to her family, Hilda had put her apartment up for sale to move in with her daughter-in-law and her son Carlos Noriega, North Bay Village Police Chief.
As a believing family, their loved ones interpreted the discovery of the card among the remains of the building as a sign.
“There was a message in the middle of all this mess. Do not lose hope. Have faith”, his grandson Mike told the media.
The family of five who was going to attend a funeral
The Kleiman are a Puerto Rican-Cuban family that lives straddling South Florida and the Puerto Rican island.
Jay Kleiman had flown to Miami from Puerto Rico to attend a friend’s funeral and stayed with his mother Nancy Kress, 76, in his Champlain Towers apartment.
Nancy’s other son lived in another unit in the same building, Frankie Kleiman, his wife Ana Ortiz -with whom he married a few weeks before the collapse- and her son, Luis Andrés Bermúdez 26-year-old who has pulmonary dystrophy and uses a wheelchair.
Nancy, the matriarch of the family, left Cuba in the middle of the last century. Her two children were defined by their friends as people of great joy and contagious happiness. Frankie has a post office that offers business services and Jay released an acoustic music record this year.
Anna and her son are on the list of 11 confirmed fatalities, but the other three family members remain missing.
The Colombian family that was about to leave the building
Luis Fernando Barth, his wife Catalina Gomez And your daughter Valeria, 14, had traveled to Miami from Medellín, Colombia, to spend the holidays and take the opportunity to get vaccinated against covid-19.
On the same day of the collapse, the family planned to leave the building where they were staying to spend the rest of their rest days with a brother of Luis Fernando.
Sergio Barth, who lives in Miami, spoke with his brother on Wednesday night and expected to meet the family the next day to greet them. But it never happened.
“I had given them a cell phone from here, but it rings and rings and no one answers “, Sergio said shortly after the accident.
His brother and sister-in-law are lawyers. He has been linked to public and innovation projects in Medellín.
“It will be difficult to find them, but while there is a light of hope we must hope and trust “, the relative told reporters.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.