“I have to be strong. I have to be strong for everyone who loves me. I must live for their sakes …” Trapped under the rubbles for more than 70 hours, 26-year old Chen Jian thought of his wife and their yet-to-be born baby, said in a feeble but firm tone.
Rescue workers were anxious to get him out, while the reporters on site kept chatting to him to help him staying conscious. Chen was too tough to lose hope, and to everyone’s delight, after the 6-hour rescue works, he was finally set free. Although Chen was extremely weak, he murmured “thank you” to all the people around him.
While the rescue workers were carrying Chen to the nearby makeshift clinic, he stopped speaking and responding. An officer proceeded with cardiopulmonary resuscitation immediately, but failed to save him. The murmur of “thank you” became his last words in this world.
The death toll of Sichuan earthquake has already rocketed to around 70,000 and Chen Jian has unfortunately become one of the victims. Zhu Weiming, producer of the documentary, joined the rescue for the very first time and had accompanied Chen in his last hours in life and given him support throughout the rescue. “The last 79 hours of Chen Jian” is not just a documentary about the rescue works, but also a heart-wrenching story of how an ordinary man striving to survive in such devastation.
Hosted by renowned presenter Chen Xiaonan, the story of Chen Jian makes people sigh, but it unquestionably demonstrates the virtues and unbeatable will for survival in human nature.