The story of “Baby Jessica” McClure from Midland, Texas, dates back to 1987 when the news report of an 18-month-old baby who fell into a well was broadcasted to millions of people worldwide. At the time, the story kept viewers engaged with extensive news updates of the story and the 58 hours it took to get “Baby Jessica” out of the well.
Jessica fell into a well in her own back yard. It had an 8-inch opening and was 22-feet deep. Her rescue was widely broadcasted and even though many people still remember the story “Baby Jessica,” McClure has no memory left of the event, except the scar on her forehead and the stories that people tell her.
Hundreds of rescuers worked around the clock to get Jessica out of the well in one piece. At one point, when people were speculating whether Jessica was still alive, the rescuers heard a child’s voice singing about “Winnie the Pooh.” At that point, everyone following the story let out a collective sigh of relief followed by a united cheer of hope.
“I had God on my side that day.”
The rescue of Baby Jessica found many wanting to help her so people from around the globe donated money and raised $1.2 million. What does Jessica have to say about that? “I think it’s amazing…I appreciate everything they did,” Jessica said. Unfortunately, she claims to have lost most of that money in the 2008 stock market crash.
Also, the well Jessica fell into was sealed shut after her rescue and a special message was engraved: “For Jessica, 10-16-87. With love from all of us.”
A very grateful family
In a recent interview with People Magazine, Jessica tries to make sense of the incident that took some 30 years ago. “I had God on my side that day… My life is a miracle.” McClure is now a Special Education Teacher’s aide, is married and has children of her own. Her son, Simon and Sheyenne, ages nine and seven respectively, are getting to know the miracle that saved their mother.
McClure got married some 11 years ago to Danny Morales and they now live in a house just two down from where Jessica grew up. Morales works as a foreman at a pipe supply company.
McClure’s kids are now old enough to understand exactly what happened that fateful day, and she doesn’t miss an opportunity to teach them about how tragedies can teach life lessons if you make an effort to learn from them. “I’m hoping my children learn from [my rescue] to always be humble,” McClure said. “And to remember that if you look hard enough, there are so many good people in this world,” Jessica said in an interview with the Daily Mail.
Source: 30-Yrs-After Baby Jessica’s Miracle Rescue, She Opens Up About Life After The Well by InspireMore and Baby Jessica opens up 30 years later about her miracle well rescue, losing her $1.2million trust and explaining why she’s famous to her children by The Daily Mail. Also, Woman Known as ‘Baby Jessica,’ Who Fell Down Well 30 Years Ago, Is Now A Teacher by Inside Edition on YouTube.