The word "tragedy" falls short in many senses when it comes to the death of Shaheena, a Rana Plaza victim who survived the collapse, but died while waiting to be rescued.
Clinging to life for more than 100 agonising hours trapped in the northeast corner of the third floor, she had given the nation something to hold on to.
But all efforts to bring her out went in vain when a fire broke out inside the gone silent since Sunday afternoon.
But all efforts went in vain when a fire broke out inside the sandwiched floors of the collapsed building during the rescue operation.
Yet, thousands of people kept their fingers crossed and wished for a miracle. Prayers for her survival also flooded the social networking sites. But frustrating all, it ended in tears.
"It is extremely painful to see a soul of such strong will, determined to survive, slipping through the fingers," said fire fighter Abul Khayer, who recovered lifeless Shaheena yesterday around 4:00pm.
Shaheena had all the reasons to hope to be rescued once she had managed to communicate with the rescuers on Saturday afternoon.
By Sunday morning, the rescuers had made a tunnel and provided her with saline and oxygen. In the evening, they managed to cut some iron rods of a beam, behind which she got trapped. But they could not pull her out, as her body could not slip through the tiny space.
A team of rescuers, including two army personnel, a fire fighter, a doctor and a volunteer, then entered the tunnel. When all the preparations to pull her out were complete, a fire broke out around 10:00pm from the sparks that originated from rod-cutting.
The rescue team immediately had to retreat, leaving Shaheena behind. One of the rescuers sustained injuries in the fire.
Capt Ashraf, a member of the team, while giving his account right after the fire, told reporters, "We do not know about her fate."
Members of the rescue team Capt Hasan and doctor Murad choked with emotion while talking to newsmen at 11:00pm.
After the recovery of Shaheena's body, a volunteer said, "She still looked alive."
Rescuers and people gathered in front of the collapsed Rana Plaza were seen in tears after they had heard of her death.
The rescuers, however, could not confirm the cause of Shaheena's death, but said it might have been suffocation or extreme weakness. It would be confirmed after autopsy.
Her body was primarily taken to Savar Adharchandra High School playground, where all the dead bodies had been taken for identification.
Around 10:30pm, her father Motaleb Hossain received the body and took it to their village home at Tungipar, Savar. She is likely to be buried at Imandipur graveyard in Savar this morning.
Hailing from Kushtia, Shaheena has a one and a half year old son.