The first thing Frantz Gilles did after doctors checked his vital signs was call his brother at home in New York.
Delande Auguste said he exploded with relief after receiving the phone call at his home in South Ozone Park.
Auguste told NBCNewYork "my brother picked up the phone and said, I finished eating a sandwich. I’m alive. You can imagine how it was like.”
“A couple of minutes after he came out, I spoke with him. Not confused, not losing consciousness, that I cannot explain," the doctor said.
Gilles was working in his office at a government finance building when the earthquake hit. He spent four days surrounded by metal and concrete before rescue workers heard his calls for help.
Gilles wife Carline, who lives in Connecticut, said she was "speechless."
A team of Israeli rescuers cheered when they pulled Gilles to the surface. "Everybody was crying, everybody was screaming," said Carlene, whose first thought was to rush to tell Gilles' 19-year-old daughter Anya, who also lives in Connecticut.