3-Year-Old Girl Rescued From Well In Argentina

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A 3-year-old girl has been rescued in Argentina after falling down an abandoned well nearly 70 feet deep.

It took firefighters more than six hours to hoist Vanessa Mamani from a well just outside the capital city of Buenos Aires on Wednesday in a rescue that was broadcast live on Argentinian TV.

Mamani was taken to a local hospital but ""just suffered some grazes,"" Florencio Varela Hospital medical doctor Arnaldo Medina told the press today. According to the Buenos Aires Herald, a passer-by heard the girl crying out for help and called the police.

The well was too narrow to allow rescuers to retrieve Mamani, so the little girl had to perform the complicated task of attaching herself to the rescue harness on her own. When Mamani finally emerged, Marcelo Tucci, the chief firefighter on the scene, was thrilled. ""Come on, come on ... We made it! We made it!"" he yelled, according to Agence France-Presse.

The dramatic rescue attracted the attention of the country's politicians, including Buenos Aires Gov. Daniel Scio, who was waiting with rescuers at the top of the mine, and Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, who visited the toddler in the hospital. Kirchner called the rescue ""a miracle"" and said the girl ""got out and screamed as if she had just been born.""

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