Colo. man rescued from Haiti hotel wrote goodbye notes to family

9:15 PM, Jan 18, 2010   |    comments
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Dan Woolley was working with Compassion International in Haiti. On Monday night he was in a Miami hospital.

Woolley was trapped in the rubble for three days. He says he was in the lobby of the hotel when, as he put it, "the ground just completely erupted."

Woolley ended up in an elevator shaft where he waited 60 hours to be rescued. He says during that time he wasn't sure he would make it, so there in the pitch black darkness, he wrote notes to his sons, thinking he would never see them again. Notes that ended up covered in blood.

"I love you Josh and Nathan. You are the joy and pride of my life. Josh, choose the right path everyday. If you stumble, get right back on the right path," Woolley said, reading from his note. "Nathan, I'm sorry I wasn't there to get to know you. I already love your laugh and smile and I love wrestling with you."

To watch more with Woolley, click the video link.

Woolley was found with Jim Gulley, another Colorado man who was rescued in the rubble of the same hotel. Gulley is now home in Frisco.

A third man from Colorado Springs, Dave Hames, is also believed to be trapped under the Hotel Montana. He has not yet been found.

There are stories of hope amidst all this tragedy. People are still being found alive in the rubble, including the co-owner of the Hotel Montana, who was found alive Monday morning.

A woman who spent six days trapped under a bank was rescued Monday. Her husband was among the people who dug through the rubble by hand to reach her.

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