Apr 19, 2016 10:30 AM
Londonderry couple that recently moved to Ecuador seriously injured in earthquake
LONDONDERRY - A Londonderry husband and wife that recently moved to Ecuador to pursue a dream of opening a restaurant in an exotic locale were seriously injured during a magnitude 7.8 earthquake Saturday.
The Union-Leader reported Alan and Cathy Corliss suffered life-altering injuries. Cathy Corliss underwent surgery for a broken neck Monday and according to the family's GoFundMe page is showing signs of improvement. Alan was awaiting an X-ray to see if his hip was broken or dislocated.
“For me, not to hear their voice, it’s difficult,” their daughter Britni Corliss told The Union-Leader. “Sometimes you take for granted that phone call. Now you just wish you could hear from them.”
The quake killed over 400 people and injured more than 2,000. Britni Corliss said her mother had to be flown to a hospital for surgery. Alan is with another daughter who was visiting at the time and not hurt in the quake.
Canoa is the Pacific Ocean resort community where the Corlisses opened the Surf Shack and served American fare such as hamburgers. The community is about 100 miles from the epicenter of the quake.