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Special Event with Andes Plane Crash Survivor Roberto Canessa!

Hosted by the Montevideo Ambassadors
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Took place 2 months ago
Juan Paullier 1092, corner Maldonado
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We are very pleased to invite you to the greatest event we have ever had! Roberto Canessa, a survivor from the 1972 Andes tragedy, will come to present his new book and give a life speech to all of us! Come join us and get and incredible life testimony from someone that has a lot to tell.

Winter food and drinks will be served. Bring all your friends along but ask them to register first on the InterNations webpage!

We look forward to seeing you there! This is the event you don't want to miss!

Here is the story of a man destined to do extraordinary things:

On October 13, 1972, Roberto Canessa was 19 and on his way to Chile for a rugby match with his team when their plane crashed into the Andes. Of the 45 passengers, only 27 survived the crash, including Roberto, who became their go-to doctor even though he was only a second-year medical student. Days later an avalanche killed another eight of his friends. With no way of communicating back to the base, search was called off after 10 days and they were all thought dead. They resorted to various survival mechanisms, including consuming the flesh of those who had perished. Two months after the crash, Roberto and his friend Nando decided they would embark on a journey across the Andes to try and find help. It was their last resource. On the eighth day, after setting out on this grueling and life-threatening journey, they finally descended into the foothills, and the origins of life began to emerge in their most primitive forms. The snow underfoot ended abruptly and Roberto saw his first living creature in 70 days—a lizard. He was filled with hope of reaching home again. Two days later they came across a Chilean livestock herder...they were saved and the world shocked to learn they had survived 70 days in the Andes with no proper equipment or food.

Today Roberto is a world renowned pediatric cardiologist dedicated to helping newborns survive complex congenital cardiopathies. His passion for the heart grew after the avalanche, then his passage for repairing devices strengthened at the thought of how connecting cables meant reconnecting lives. The two came together on that mountain, because the heart, after all, is the perfect machine.

Pablo Vierci,a lifelong friend of Roberto Canessa, was born in Uruguay and is also an Italian citizen. An award-winning author, he has written nine books, including fiction and nonfiction, and has written for both film and television. In 2003, he was given the Citi Journalistic Excellence Award hosted by Columbia University in New York.

Nathalie Eenkhoorn, Charlotte Vincentelli & Francisco Olivera
InterNations Ambassadors Montevideo
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