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Chinese woman rescued after 16 days at bottom of well

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chinese firefighters rescued a 48-year-old woman Wednesday who had been stranded at the bottom of a well for 16 days.

Su Qixiu, 48, was gathering herbs when she fell into the 13-foot-deep well in a village in Henan province on Sept. 1, the Associated Press reported.

A passer-by finally found her Monday after a long, unsuccessful search by her family.

"I shouted every day in those 16 days. And spoke a lot of nonsense. I was scared and felt hopeless," Su told the AP from her hospital bed, adding that she lost around 33 pounds during her time in the well.

"I ate some corn. It rained and I drank some rain, but not much," she said.

Su said she didn't remember being discovered, only a firefighter pulling her up from the bottom of the well.

Her doctor, Ran Xiansuo, said that Su at first was unable to speak and had organ failure, but that her condition had stabilized, AP reported.

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