Nope, we’re not kidding.
Yesterday, September 17th, a woman was rescued after falling into a a well in central China’s Henan Province. According to state news agency Xinhua, she had lived off of raw corn cobs and rainwater for the 15 days that she was trapped inside.
38-year-old Su Qixiu had fallen into the well near her village and could not climb out because of the slippery and steep walls. The well, which was concealed by surrounding cornstalks, was four meters deep.
The firefighters who rescued her claim they found her lying on back and upon seeing the firefighters, she told them she was hungry.
Thankfully, there were no obvious external injuries. It will, however, take some time for her internal organs to recover. Currently she is in stable condition and receiving fluids.
As difficult as it is to wrap our minds around this incident, we can’t help but remember Jessica McClure- another woman who found herself in the same predicament. McClure was only 18-months-old whens she fell into a well in 1987. After 58 hours spent saving “Baby Jessica”, the child was rescued with no broken bones. The incident gained worldwide attention and even inspired an ABC television movie Everybody’s Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure. McClure, now in her late 20’s, has turned out just fine.
The moral of the story? You may have some hesitation with wells. Maybe you’re afraid of falling into one (apparently, thats more common than we thought). Or maybe wells make you think of Samara from The Ring. Whatever it may be, trust that instinct. We don’t need any more convincing to avoid those things.