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British woman who survived Bam quake wins lifesaving award for rescue efforts

London, Nov 17, IRNA-A British woman, who dug her way out of a collapsed hotel after the 2003 devastating earthquake in the ancient Iranian city of Bam, is being honored for the third time for rescuing seven people.

Ruth Millington, a 36-year old lawyer from Sheffield, northern England, is also being congratulated by Prime Minister Tony Blair at a reception in Downing Street before receiving a lifesaving award at London's Savoy Hotel on Thursday.

According to the BBC, Millington was nominated for her latest honor for pulling survivors from rubble by the British Embassy in Tehran.

Last year, she was awarded for her courage and selflessness with a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Vellum. The Austrian government also honored her with a Gold Medal on a Scarlet Ribbon for saving one of its citizens at the hotel where she was staying.

Millington was caught up in the earthquake, which killed 26,000 people, during a two-week holiday in Iran. Upon her return to the UK, she set up an appeal for the victims and was made director of the children's charity, Action for Orphans.

She collected donations to support two hospitals treating survivors, the Razieh Firouz Hospital in nearby Kerman and Milad Hospital in Tehran, saying that she was so struck by the kindness and concern of the Iranian people that she wanted to do something to help.

"The compassion of the Iranian people really stood out. They were still trying to help us even though they had lost their relatives, their homes and their livelihoods," the solicitor said last year.

Tim Miles, chief executive of Vodafone UK, which sponsors the life saving awards, said: "We felt this rescue was particularly impressive.

"Ruth was an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation and had to take a split-second choice when somebody's life was in danger -- do something or do nothing," Miles said.

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