In this episode, host, Ruth Millington, swaps seats and speaks to Don Robbie about the most extreme journey she has ever been on.
In 2003, Ruth and her best friend were Christmas visitors to Bam, Iran. On Boxing Day at 5.26am local time, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the city. The quake destroyed 90% of the town and eventually led to the tragic deaths of over 26,000 Iranians. Ruth and her best friend were staying at a local guesthouse which was levelled to the ground by the quake. She awoke to find herself in the rubble and was saved by her friend – dragging her out by her feet. Over the next 30 hours – using mostly their bare hands and in their pyjamas and bare feet - they began a frantic rescue attempt to save 12 people buried alive beneath their hotel ruins.
Ruth also discusses how post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma affected her, the impact it had on her relationships, and how writing her upcoming book was part of her healing journey.
Listen in to this extraordinary and at times terrifying tale.
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Production (for this episode)
Creator, co-producer, writer: Ruth Millington
Co-producer, writer and host: Don Robbie
Music credit: Epic Orchestra - Blockbuster Adventure Music by JuliusH
Additional music: The Persian Prince by XHALE303