Woman Rescued After 2 Weeks in Well
Survived on corn
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2013 11:37 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Grasping onto nearby stalks of corn as she tripped into an abandoned well may not have stopped Su Qixiu's fall, but it probably did save her life. Su (alternately described by the media as 38 and 48 years old) fell into the well in central China while out picking herbs in a corn field. The walls of the 13-foot well were too smooth to climb, so she called for help—but none came for 15 days (or possibly 16 days, depending on which news report you read). She survived by eating the corn she had grasped at as she tumbled and drinking rainwater until a villager finally heard her, the BBC reports.

"I spent every day hoping that someone would walk by and rescue me. I called out every day, and although there was no response, I did not give up," she says. Su dropped 35 pounds—down to 80 pounds—while in the well and was not in a good way when she was first rescued, but is now in stable condition in the hospital.

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Sep 19, 2013 8:57 AM CDT
There is a corny joke in here some where. I'd find it put my matches are wet. Still, I wonder what she used for toilet paper.
Sep 18, 2013 2:59 PM CDT
Why didn't she just use her iPhone to call for help? ... I kid, I kid.
Sep 18, 2013 12:46 PM CDT
Su Qixiu? Two weeks in a well? Surrounded by corn? Which she ate as she was trapped? It sounds like a phony story, a Chinese version of psyop stories America used to plant in foreign media.