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10 great escapes

By: MNN Admin on Oct. 12, 2010, 4:39 p.m.
Baby Jessica's rescue

Photo: Eric Gay/AP

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Baby Jessica

On Oct. 14, 1987, 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell down a narrow well in her aunt's backyard in Midland, Texas, where she was trapped for nearly three days.

For the first few hours, rescuers tried to get a visual on Baby Jessica and finally lowered a video camera into the 22-foot well to confirm her presence. Fences and clotheslines were torn down as rescuers rushed to bring in backhoes and drilling equipment to rescue the terrified toddler. Police officers took turns sitting by the hole talking to her and encouraging her to sing "Winnie the Pooh," and 58 hours later a parallel shaft had been drilled and a gauze-covered child was lifted from the hole.

Baby Jessica's rescue gripped the world — viewers were glued to their TVs and people across the nation showered the McClure family with teddy bears, cards and gifts. The 24-year-old has had 15 surgeries since her rescue and is now married with a son and will soon gain access to a trust fund worth more than $1 million — money donated in her name by well-wishers during the three-day ordeal.