Construction worker trapped inside building may never walk again

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WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The construction worker who was trapped inside a collapsed building on Thursday has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

The worker, 27-year-old Leonardo Mareto DaSilva, was pulled from the building on Kennedy Street NW after an hour and a half of being trapped beneath the rubble.


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District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services rescued him and sent him to a local area hospital.

Though his injuries were non-life-threatening, his sister, Leidiane Guimaraes, said he is paralyzed.

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Guimaraes said his family is praising God that he is alive, and they are keeping hope alive that he will one day walk again.

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