Jessica McClure became famous at the age of 18 months after falling into a well in her aunt's backyard in Midland, Texas, on October 14, 1987.

Rescuers worked nonstop for 58 hours to free her from the eight-inch well casing 22 feet below the ground. The story gained worldwide attention and later became the subject of a 1989 television movie 'Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure' on ABC.

Rescuing McClure proved to be a much more difficult ordeal than initially anticipated. Within hours of discovering the situation, the Midland Fire and Police Departments devised a plan that involved drilling an additional shaft parallel to the well and then drilling a perpendicular tunnel from the shaft toward where McClure was stuck in the well.

Enlisting the help of a variety of local oil-drillers, the Midland officials had hoped to free McClure in a matter of minutes. However, the first drillers to arrive on the scene found their tools barely adequate in penetrating the thick rock that surrounded the well.

A mining engineer was eventually brought in to help supervise and coordinate the rescue effort. After 45 hours Jessica McClure had fallen into the well, the shaft and tunnel were finally complete.

Ultimately, Midland Fire Department paramedic Robert O'Donnell was able to inch his way down into the tunnel and free McClure from the confines of the well, handing her to fellow paramedic Steve Forbes, who carried her up to safety.

Take a look at the final moments of Jessica's rescue in the above YouTube video courtesy of CBS News. Also, Below is a recent picture of Jessica with her kids and husband.

© Sonya N. Hebert/Dallas Morning News/Corbis
© Sonya N. Hebert/Dallas Morning News/Corbis


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