Girl's 15 Days in Haiti Rubble Raises Survival Questions

But "we know that these miraculous cases do occur," adds Bozeman, "so we tailor our efforts to address the possibility. We tend to give the benefit of the doubt -- there have been lots of examples like this in other events that make us keep [hope] in mind."

Fuilla agreed that Etienne's survival was a surreal occurrence that may offer some hope -- though he said that the chances of finding someone else alive after being buried for more than two weeks are slim.

"This young girl is an exception, a miracle," he said. "But as for every earthquake, there may be people under the rubble who unfortunately die of thirst because we never locate them.

"Fifteen days after the quake, I think that it is rather extraordinary there was a miracle, but I don't believe in a second miracle."

ABC News' Christophe Schpoliansky and Lauren Cox contributed to this report.

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