Parent Opinion. True Crime. Two and a half years after the accident, Jessica's parents filed for divorce. Video via People TV. Gemma Bath.
She tries to keep a low profile in the media, but on the 30th anniversary of her rescue, three years ago, she revealed she didn't remember the accident that made her famous all those years ago. The photos captured Jessica cradled in the arms of a paramedic, her head wrapped in white gauze, her arms caked in dirt, and her eyes barely open.
The entire rescue ordeal was covered live on CNNAmerica's first - and at that time only - hour news network. Money given to the family went towards a house in the suburbs, two new cars, and her father Chip's dream of opening up a tractor rental business. Her dad remembered the terrifying event just last year writing on Facebook: "32 years ago today, my daughter Baby Jessica, captured the world's attention and everyone's hearts as she quietly sang Winnie the Pooh from 22' below the surface. The well she stumbled into was 6.
In the meantime, oxygen was pumped down the well and rescuers would sing nursery rhymes down the opening, as they tried to comfort the moaning, wailing toddler. Due to her foot hanging above her during the ordeal, she lost a toe to gangrene and had to have her entire foot reconstructed. Baby Jessica underwent 15 surgeries in the next few years.
Many say the story of Baby Jessica was the turning point in the history of news media, and is when the world of "24 hour news" really started.
About a month into our relationship we were already engaged," she told People TV. The family used the money to buy a modest house just three kilometres from the accident site, but they lost a lot of the money in the stock market dive in Init was reported by People that Jessica was working as an assistant to a special education teacher at an elementary school in Midland.
It was love at first sight.
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By the time she was 25 and had access to the trust fund created for her all those years ago, her youngest was the same age she was when she fell down the well. She was so close we could almost touch her, so close that we could hear her muffled cries unaided and with heartbreaking clarity through a single microphone lowered down that well.
Listen Now. Rescuers worked for 58 hours to free "Baby Jessica" from a well. The little girl was inundated by presents and donations.
I had God on my side that day. She wants to use the event and spectacle to teach her kids to "always be humble," to never forget where they come from and to not take life for granted. Inat the age of 19, she married Daniel Morales and the couple had two children, Simon and Sheyenne, two years apart.
Jessica and her family in The well has been closed up and memorialised, and still attracts tourists to this day. Eight years after the accident, Robert O'Donnell, the paramedic who shimmied down the shaft to rescue her, died by suicide. Senior News Writer. It wasn't until she was five that she learned what happened to her after watching an episode of Rescue and asking her step mum who the little girl in the well was.
On the evening of October 16,Baby Jessica was lifted out to safety. One of them even won a Pulitzer Prize. Jessica and her parents Cissy and Chip.
Tags: news-stories real-life extraordinary-stories. After being hailed a hero, Robert enjoyed instant fame but he found it hard to return to normal life after it all disappeared.
It took forever to drill the sideways tunnel because the jackhammers were deed to go down, not across. It re: "For Jessica,with love from all of us. Inaged 15, she told Ladies Home Journal, that the incident "bored her" while also disclosing for the first time that she lives with rheumatoid arthritis. Image: People TV. Growing up, Jessica didn't speak to the media much.
It would take 58 hours to retrieve her, in a story that captured international headlines. They both went on to remarry. She was also left with a small diagonal scar from her hairline to the bridge of her nose.
Aged 34, her Facebook lists that as her former job, with her profile now reading "stay at home mum". Despite her parent's drama, Baby Jessica's childhood remained shielded and pretty normal.
Leave a comment. It was the second time the first being the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle the country had watched an around-the-clock dramatic news story unfold in real life time before their eyes. Their divorce was messy, and every new snippet of gossip played out in the tabloid press.
All eyes were on the extraordinarily difficult rescue mission, which required the use of a rat-hole rig — a machine normally used to plant telephone poles in the ground. After his death, his brother told Spokesman"Ever since that Jessica deal, his life fell apart". They were only years-old when they were thrust into the limelight with their daughter, and even after she was rescued they became overwhelmed by the avalanche of publicity that was suddenly a part of their life.
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