After 100 Hours, Turkey Rescuers Pull Survivor From Earthquake Rubble

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Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building after an earthquake, on October 26, 2011 in Van, Turkey.

An 18-year-old was pulled from underneath smashed concrete and debris on Thursday – after being trapped for almost 100 hours following the Turkey earthquake.

The student, Imdat Padak, was taking exam preparation classes to prepare for university requirements while he was in Ercis. Originally from a village called Kiziloren, Padak seemed to be suffering dehydration and was airlifted by helicopter to the nearest hospital.

(PHOTOS: 7.2 Earthquake Hits Turkey)

Search and rescue teams are in a fight against time to recover potential survivors. As time presses on, it’s a dwindling hope many are keeping. But others are being found before its too late: Since the quake struck on Sunday, officials say that 185 people have been rescued alive, including a 2-week-old baby.

But it is an unfortunate tale for many others. The death toll has climbed steadily upward: current estimates have the body count at over 500. About 2,300 people were also injured in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that ravaged southeast Turkey, near the town of Ercis.

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Erica Ho is a reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @ericamho and Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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