04/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Six Days Under Rubble: One Survivor's Story

Maxi Falon was trapped under the rubble of her university for six days before rescuers found her. How does a 23-year-old survive in darkness without food or water, without the assurance that help is coming?

"I always knew I would keep breathing. I knew I would live," she said. But the miracle of rescue was only the first hurdle.

Sixteen days later, she is struggling to navigate life anew. She bears physical scars as proof of her ordeal. A bandage on her left shoulder. A fractured hipbone. Cuts and scrapes cover her head and arms. It's harder to detect the inner damage of a young woman who gave her all to endure.

CNN interviewed Falon for her full story of how just a few changes from her normal routine led to a battle of endurance and spirit for the young woman and a classmate trapped next to her.