Someone was down there, alive!
"She kept saying, 'Save me, save me,' " Hossain said. "We told her we weren't going anywhere."
A roar went through the crowds that had gathered at the sight. Television channels immediately switched to live coverage.
"Almighty God, you make anything possible," said a man on a loudspeaker as he urged others to pray. "Please help us save her."
For 45 minutes, workers used hand drills and light hammers to remove concrete blocks.
They repeated their assurance:
"Wait, wait, we're coming for you."
Minutes from rescue, Reshma finds herself facing a very ordinary dilemma.
"How am I going to come out in front of all these people with no clothes?" she thinks. "I'm a lady." Hers had ripped to shreds from all the crawling.
A rescuer tosses her a flashlight, and she looks around.
Piles of clothes are everywhere, spilling out of crushed boxes.
She picks a purple shalwar kameez and wraps a bright pink scarf around her neck and chest.
Her face is covered with dirt, but she looks fine, she thinks.
Then she waits to emerge from the Earth.
Lt. Col. Sharif Ahmed is the commanding officer of the Combined Military Hospital in Savar where Reshma is recovering. He marvels at how rapid her readjustment has been.
Reshma, whose age is listed in hospital papers as "22 ( +/- 2)," is gaining strength every day.
"When she came here, she'd startle to the touch," he said. "She'd have flashbacks if she tried to sleep.
"All normal, considering what she went through."
Now she's smiling, sitting up. And she's inseparable from her mother. The two hadn't always gotten along.
"My heart is bursting with joy," Zubeida said. "I begged God, and he returned her."
Sohel Rana is in jail, nabbed by police as he tried to flee to India. The owners of the factories in Rana Plaza are also in detention.
On Tuesday, after 21 days, the rescue and recovery efforts formally ended.
The disaster has spurred the government and foreign retailers to take a long, hard, critical look at factory safety standards and their roles in policing it.