Jessica McClure still known as “Baby Jessica”, after 23 years of the captivating incident that shook United States when an 18 month old baby “Jessica McClure” fell into a midland Texas well and this sparked a rescue operation which lasted 58 hours.
The incident took place on 14th October 1987 and is known as the "Epic rescue o f Baby Jessica". It was 9:30 in the morning when Jessica, just 18 months old and other four toddlers were playing at Aunt Jamie Moore's Day Care Centre in Midland when Jessica somehow slipped into an eight inch large opening of an abandoned well shaft. Jessica’s mother Reba, who was 18 at that time, heard children screaming and ran out and discovered what had happened. Not knowing what to do herself, she ran to the police station and the police
reached the site of the incident in 5 minutes. Thus began the grueling 58 hours in which Jessica was successfully rescued. This incident got full blown media coverage.
In order to save Jessica they used the technology of Waterjet Cutting. Their strategy was that they would drill a series of holes in a square about 24 inches across and 18 inches down. The holes would be no more than two inches apart. Then they would take down a 45- pound jackhammer, and hold it there to knock out the rock. They were going at about an inch an hour. It was awfully hard but the people involved in the rescue operation were very dedicated.
CNN, then a growing cable news outlet took up the job of sharing Jessica’s plight with the world and were responsible for making this incident so famous. Then President Ronald Reagan stated "everybody in America became godfathers and godmothers of Jessica while this was going on."
Finally when Jessica was rescued her photo of being rescued received the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography to Scott Shaw.
Why do we love Jessica McClure?
Jessica’s right foot had to be partially amputed after the accident and she under went 15 surgeries to survive, but this incident didn't dampen her zeal for life. She married Daniel Morales and now has a son by the name of Simon.
Why is Jessica McClure famous?
There is $1 million trust fund under the name of Jessica that she will receive on her 25th birthday. The trust fund was set up by her well wishers after incident. Also CNN coverage of the incident and making of a film on the incident in 1988 by ABC TV movie made Jessica famous worldwide. Life in Brief:
- Being born on Mar 26, Jessica is an Aries.
- her ethnicity: White.
- her mother's name: Reba.
- her father's name: Chip McClure.
Jessica McClure had studied at Greenwood High School, Midland, TX (in 2004) and then she attended the Midland College.
Jessica dated Daniel Morales (husband).
Famous Why : Baby Jessica.
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