What ‘Baby Jessica’ is doing today
Jessica McClure, or ‘Baby Jessica,’ Not a Baby Anymore
Chilean Miners Spark Searches on Other Rescues
The Chilean miners have inspired the world. They’ve also inspired massive Web interest on other miraculous, against-all-odds rescues from times past.
While the 33 miners were being hoisted to the surface earlier this week, Web searches were not only soaring on the brave men and their families, but also on Jessica McClure, better known as “Baby Jessica.”
Jessica McClure was just 18 months old when she fell down a well in 1987. The ensuing race to save her was national news for days as volunteers worked around the clock. Finally, rescuers reached her and brought Jessica to the surface, to a mixture of applause and tears. All told, she fared surprisingly well.
More than two decades later, people still haven’t forgotten about Jessica. Recent Web searches on both “baby jessica” and “jessica mcclure” soared into the thousands. There was also significant interest on her husband, Daniel Morales, and the couple’s son, Simon. Jessica and Daniel met at a daycare center, where Jessica worked with Daniel’s sister.
Jessica, now 24, stands to inherit a sizable sum of money on her 25th birthday, thanks to the donations that were put into a trust at the time of her fall. She recently gave an interview on the “Today” show, which you can watch here. She and her family still live in Texas.
A more recent rescue also surged in the Search box. Remember Kiki, the young boy who flashed the million-dollar smile after being freed from the rubble of the Haitian earthquake? Web searches on “kiki haiti” and “kiki haiti pictures” both zoomed upward during the Chilean miners’ rescue. We aren’t sure where young Kiki is now, but we hope his smile hasn’t faded.
Lastly, there’s Ramon Sabella. If you don’t remember him, you probably weren’t around in 1972, when Mr. Sabella’s plane crashed in the Andes Mountains. He and a group of others bucked the odds and survived the ordeal. Their story was documented in the movie “Alive.”
After Sabella commented on the Chile situation, Web searches on “ramon sabella” surged into breakout status. Sabella says he was overwhelmed by the attention he received after being rescued. But according to a popular blog from CNN, he remarked, “If the miners can hang on and be normal, spend time with family and friends, they can manage not to be overwhelmed. They’ll be OK.”
Jessica McClure is still “Baby Jessica” to many after 23 years. Thursday marked the anniversary of the 1987 event, which captivated an entire nation when an 18-month old McClure fell into a Midland, Texas well and ignited a trying rescue effort that lasted for 58 hours.
What is the 24-year old doing today?
Those closest to McClure describe her as happy and having no recollection of the frightening days she was stuck deep in the ground, though she did have to have part of her right foot amputated.
The woman formerly known as “Baby Jessica” has created her own life apart from that incident. She is now married, has a son and is less than a year away from collecting a $1 million trust fund that will go to her on her 25th birthday (March 26), provided by various donors who set it up on her behalf in the aftermath of the incident.
Twenty three years later to the day another below-ground rescue effort has proven successful, reminding the world of the “Baby Jessica” plight as Google searches have shot way up for the Texas native. On Wednesday, 33 trapped Chilean miners were brought to safety after more than two months trapped underground. In the days ahead, the miners hope to move on and regain some sense of normalcy as McClure has.
Meanwhile in Midland, those involved with McClure’s highly publicized rescue reportedly have also attempted to put that event behind them.
“They are not the kind of people who want notoriety,” former Midland Fire Chief James Roberts told ABC News. “They don’t want the publicity. They wanted to come and do what they did and get it behind them. And I think that is the feeling of all of us here.”