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Chile Miners Recall Jessica McClure Rescue

By paulabernstein |

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Baby Jessica Rescue

Watching the miraculous rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners, I couldn’t help but think back to a similar miracle that occured 23 years ago this week.

Just as we’re riveted by the sight of the Chilean miners being rescued, back then, we were glued to the TV as rescue workers helped free 18-month-old Jessica McClure from a well.

The toddler, dubbed “Baby Jessica” by the media, had fallen into the abandoned well while playing in her backyard in Midland, Texas. Following a 58 hour ordeal, Baby Jessica was miraculously rescued from the well on October 16, 1987.

“Just as Americans waited with baited breath for Baby Jessica’s rescue, the world has found it hard to look away from Chile’s San Jose copper and gold mine as the men emerge to reunite with their families on live TV with tears and joyful, proud shouts of “Viva Chile!”" writes Mara Gay at AOL News.

McClure’s story had a happy ending, although recovery from the incident wasn’t easy.

Now married with a son, McClure reportedly had to undergo 15 surgeries in order to to repair injuries she suffered inside the well, according to AOL.

Her story was the subject of the 1989 ABC TV movie, “Everybody’s Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure,” starring Patty Duke and Beau Bridges.

Do you think the Chilean miners will get a movie of the week made about them?

Like Jessica McClure, it is likely that the Chile miners will have to undergo various medical procedures after their ordeal. And, of course, the emotional scars, may never entirely go away.

Do you remember where you were when “Baby Jessica” was rescued? I was in my 2nd year of college. It’s amazing to think of how much the world has changed since then — we have an African-American president; we have Twitter, Facebook and the Internet –  and yet, it’s heartening to know that a potential tragedy like this one can still bring the world together.

After all, everyone loves a happy ending.

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Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer and social media manager with a background in entertainment journalism. She is also the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.

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  1. paulabernstein says:

    Viva Baby Jessica!

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