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 Baby Jessica Graduates!

Posted by: Valhall
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 07:00 GMT
In a world of stress and inhumanity, here's a story of victory. Victory over death won by the hands of average working men and women who took the Golden Rule further than lip-service. Men and women who walked away from income, who spent their own money and used their own equipment, and probably lost years from their life due to the stress. Pomp and Circumstance played Friday for all these heroes, when "Baby Jessica" McClure graduated high school.

Baby Jessica Graduates!

17 years ago an 18 month old little girl, who became known around the world as Baby Jessica, was retrieved after 58 hours of non-stop work by U.S. citizens who converged around an 8 inch hole in the ground. Baby Jessica had fell down the water-well, lined with an 8 inch pipe while out playing with her older siblings. The world was riveted for over 2 days as various small-business owners, firefighters and rescue personnel worked day and night to retrieve the toddler from the pipe.

The world really didn't think she would be retrieved alive. There was no sound from Baby Jessica for at least the last day of the rescue operation, but then we all cried together as we watched them pull the small little cutie out alive.

Congratulations Baby Jessica! And congratulations to the heros that helped make the Greenwood High School graduating body, one more soul strong.

Video Clip of Baby Jessica Rescue

Displaying the first 11 replies to this news story...
Posted by: kirain
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 07:27 GMT
Wonderful story, Valhall....though, you're making me feel quite old!:o

Has it really been 17 years????
Posted by: worldwatcher
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 07:42 GMT
i agree, I feel quite ancient all of a sudden
just kidding, great story val, I remember praying for her way back then and wanting to beat the crap out of her parents for not keeping their eyes on her.
Posted by: Facefirst
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 08:09 GMT
Originally posted by worldwatcher
i agree, I feel quite ancient all of a sudden

Me too. I am officially approaching Jurrasic.....

It was nice to have a story like that with a happy ending.

[Edited on 1-6-2004 by Facefirst]
Posted by: sanctum
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 08:15 GMT
Great news. I'm 41 live in Oz and Jessica's rescue was widely covered here. I remember
the huge community offers of help because of the logistics due to drilling the rescue shaft.
From memory, the ground was very hard and there was a real danger of the existing
well collapsing. Congrat's to Jessica:up:
Posted by: TrickmastertricK
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 10:39 GMT
Yeah I feel old!!!! I can't believe it was 17 yrs ago. Finally some good news to read about.
Posted by: intrepid
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 10:48 GMT
Yeah, like everybody else, what happened to that 17 years. Thanks Val, good news is always appreciated. Imagine all those people that helped out. No matter where they are now, they can sit back and feel good about this.
Posted by: Duke_Nukem
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 11:18 GMT
Thank you Val. It's nice seeing a story that's not all doom and gloom, one that has had a happy ending. 17yrs though, that long :o
Posted by: William One Sac
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 16:13 GMT
Thats really awesome! i remember being glued to the set when she was trapped. And I felt so happy at seeing her rescued. I am glad that she is gratuating from school now, thats really a wonderful story!

And yes, I also cant believe it has been 17 years already! I feel like a like some kind of ancient antique! It reminds me of the first time a girl stopped me at a light and asked for the time by saying "Escuse me, sir?" My heart dropped! I was like, "wtf? Sir?? It's dude baby!!" :)

[Edited on 6-1-2004 by William One Sac]
Posted by: theRiverGoddess
On: Tue June, 1 2004 @ 16:58 GMT
I sure wish that there was a photo of the graduating Jessica! It would do my heart good to see the lovely young woman grown. We all recall the poor 'dirty' baby would be sweet to see her strong and grown.

Wonderfull things can be accomplished when comunitys work together!

Even if it DOES make one feel old;):up::up:

[Edited on 1-6-2004 by theRiverGoddess]
Posted by: elmariachi
On: Wed June, 2 2004 @ 05:18 GMT
She's a hottie now. Pics of her in either maxim or Stuff or FHM forget which one.
Posted by: joey
On: Wed June, 2 2004 @ 12:50 GMT
Thanks for the heart-warming post. I lived in Texas when the Baby Jessica rescue occurred and, like everyone else, prayed and cheered when she was safely rescued.
Yep, and like the rest of you, I feel really, really, really old! To think: I was in my mid-30's when that happened.
Nice to see a happy ending.