Earthquake Survivor Doing Crochet!

By Rachel Choi – 12 Comments
Maria D’Antuono is a 98 year old women who survived the recent L’Aquila earthquake in Italy. She was trapped for 30 hours under her bed when her house collapsed. After being rescued, reporters asked her how she passed her time. Her answer was that she was doing crochet!

Even at the worst of times, us crocheters don’t put down our hooks! Better yet, it is the worst of times that makes us pick them up. Many believe that crocheting is a stress reliever and that crocheting is what helped this women survive.


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  1. Juli says:

    that is truly amazing

  2. Harold says:

    I heard that on the news and just couldnt believe it!!!! Crochet is a life saver!!!!!!

  3. Brenda says:

    Bless her heart! I think any crocheter will attest to the calming effect that working on a project can have on rattled nerves. I always have something to work on, stashed away in my bag, for waiting at the doctor, dentist, or just riding along on a long trip.

    It sure has helped my blood pressure!!!!

    I can only hope that this brave woman will be OK after her ordeal!!!

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Brenda!
      On the news they said that she was in good condition when they pulled her out. Seems like she’s going to be just fine 🙂

  4. Deborah says:

    This is amazing, but I’m not surprised. Crochet is very therapeutic. I really enjoy your website. It is so pleasant.

  5. Rachel says:

    Hey Deborah!
    I think crocheting is very therapeutic too!

  6. Sunny says:

    This is a great story. Thanks for sharing it. Now I know that crocheting is good for me even if the doc says to quit it or ruin my wrist!!

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Sunny!
      I love the story too. maybe there is some special wrist support or crochet hooks so you don’t ruin your wrist and get to enjoy crocheting 🙂

  7. […] hook and started crochet. Crochet is proven to help reduce stress after all. If a woman can use crochet to survive an earthquake, I was sure that I could use it to survive the down time of Crochet […]

  8. Olivia says:

    That’s amazing! Did she tell the reporter what she was working on? I want to know.

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