Thursday, January 13, 2011

Argentinian toddler rescued from abandoned well

Rescue workers and firefighters spent over six hours trying to rescue Vanessa Mamani from an abandoned irrigation well in Buenos Aires.

The toddler was taken to a hospital in Florencio Varela where the director Arnaldo Medina said she was suffering "from a state of shock" but "was doing fine."

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner called the rescue operation, which was broadcast live on national television, "a miracle."

After visiting the toddler in hospital, Kirchner added, "She got out and screamed as if she had just been born."

Rescuers monitored Vanessa's health by lowering fibre optic cameras down the well, realising that the space was too small for someone to go down and fetch her, they sent the toddler a harness that she had to put on herself.

Six and a half hours after the rescue operation had started and with temperatures rapidly decreasing as midnight approached, Vanessa emerged from the well to a scene of cheering and jubilation.

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