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India: 10-year-old boy trapped in a well for four days rescued alive

After more than four days of rescue against the clock to save a 10 year old deaf boy who had been trapped in a well located in a village in India, the story had a happy ending: the rescuers they managed to get him out alive this Tuesday night.

The minor, named rahul sahuwhich had fallen on Friday into a very narrow well of 24 meters deep while playing behind his house in Chhattisgarh,”was rescued safe and soundthanks to everyone’s prayers and the tireless efforts of the rescue team,” said the chief minister of that state, Bhupesh Baghel, through his official Twitter account.

“The ambulance doctor said that on primary examination, blood pressure, sugar and heart rate are normal and the lungs are also clear,” he added.

For his part, the head of the local government, Jeetendra Shukla, specified in a press conference that the child “is alive but weak“, for which he was “urgently transferred to a hospital” in the neighboring district.

To save his life, rescuers, with the help of military personnel and members of the disaster response agency, dug a tunnel parallel to the well with bulldozers and cranes. However, bad weather conditions, presence of snakes and scorpionsand the hardness of the rocks delayed the operation, as detailed by the authorities.

In addition, the challenge was even greater considering that the child was deaf and dumb, so could not communicate with lifeguards. During the working days, they managed to supply him with an oxygen tube and also some bananas for him to eat.

Wells in Indian farming villages are frequent places of fatal accidents in which young children are involved.

Rescuers working around the well to save the boy. Photo: video capture

In 2019, in the northern state of Punjab, a two-year-old boy died in a well after four days of unsuccessful attempts to save him. In the same year, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy was rescued in the neighboring state of Haryana after spending two days in a well.

With information from AFP.

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