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'We were running out of time'

By Brian Brus

April 20, 1995

An emergency medical crew Wednesday had to amputate a woman's leg trapped under building wreckage in order to save her life, officials confirmed.

"Those doctors did everything they could to save her life and her leg. But she was hurt too bad and we were running out of time," an Oklahoma City firefighter said.

Rescuers could not remove the 20-year-old woman from the basement of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after a bomb exploded there because her right leg was pinned under rubble, he said.

Hospital officials would not identify the woman, but said she was in serious condition late Wednesday.

"She was under water in the basement and had lost a lot of blood," the firefighter said. "They thought she was going to have to lay there and die. "

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