Woman survives 16 days in well in central China

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Associated Press

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 5:33 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A woman who spent 16 days at the bottom of a well in central China after falling in says she survived by eating raw corn and drinking rainwater.

Su Qixiu was gathering herbs when she fell into the abandoned, 4-meter-deep (13-foot-deep) well in a village in Henan province. Her family unsuccessfully searched for her, and she was finally found Monday.

The 48-year-old said Wednesday: "I shouted every day in those 16 days. And spoke a lot of nonsense. I was scared and felt hopeless."

Henan Satellite TV broadcast images Wednesday of Su in a hospital. Her doctor, Ran Xiansuo, said that Su at first was unable to speak and had organ failure, but that her condition had stabilized.

Su said she lost around 15 kilograms (33 pounds) during her ordeal.

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