February 13, 2006
'Baby Jessica' Weds
Jessica Mcclure, Who Won America's Heart When Rescuers Pulled Her
from a Well 18 Years Ago, Takes a Walk Down the Aisle
For 58 heart-wrenching hours in October 1987, America
watched as Jessica McClure, a bright-eyed 18-month-old from Midland, Texas, lay
trapped in an abandoned well—and the country celebrated when she emerged in the
arms of jubilant rescuers. So perhaps it is only fitting that the girl the world
knew as Baby Jessica would grow into a young woman who treasures her privacy, no
more so than when she married Daniel Morales on the afternoon of Jan. 28.
McClure, 19, and Morales, 32, recited vows they wrote themselves as they
stood before family and friends in the Greenwood Church of Christ near Midland.
Following a Winter-Wonderland theme, the church was decorated with white
Christmas trees and tulle; the bridesmaids wore purple dresses with "little
white Santa Claus hats—it was beautiful," says Rosario Galvan, Morales's sister.
After the service, guests had cake and punch at the church, then repaired to
McClure's grandparents' home for a separate reception.
Morales, an oil-field worker, about a year ago, while she was working at a
daycare center where Morales's sister Armadina also had a job. A former student
at Midland College, McClure, who lost part of a toe as a result of her ordeal,
has said she remembers nothing of her brush with death. When she turns 25,
however, she'll come into a trust fund estimated at $1 million—donations that
poured in from around the world. Yet friends and family say McClure has always
"She's real nice, a very responsible person," says
Galvan. The newlyweds' next task: buying a house. "They're thinking of staying
in Midland," Galvan says. "This is their home."