While he waited to be rescued for 65 hours beneath six floors of rubble from his Port-au-Prince, Haiti, hotel, American filmmaker Dan Woolley began to write goodbye notes to his two young sons.
“I was in a big accident. Don’t be upset at God. He always provides for his children, even in hard times. I’m still praying that God will get me out, but He may not. But He will always take care of you,” Woolley wrote to Josh, 6, and Nathan, 3, in a notebook stained with his blood.
In an interview Tuesday on NBC’s “Today,” Woolley told Meredith Vieira that he used a first-aid app on his iPhone to treat a compound fracture in his leg and a wound to his head, and used his digital SLR camera’s light to see what was around him.
Woolley, who had been in Haiti filming a documentary for the mission organization Compassion International, said he and his colleague had just returned to the hotel after a day of filming when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck on Jan. 12.
After nearly three days, he was finally found by a French rescue team. He said he believes “God was present with me, and he decided he wanted me to survive.”
Woolley and his wife, Christina, planned to return home to Colorado from the hospital in Miami where he has been treated. There, he’ll be reunited for the first time with his sons.