The NewsYet – Punjab: 48 hrs and counting, 2-year-old stuck in borewell surviving only on oxygen – The Indian Express
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More than 48 hours after he slipped into a 150-ft borewell, Fatehveer Singh, who will turn two on June 10, is only surviving on oxygen being supplied by the rescuers. They have not been able to provide him any juices or food as a jute bag fell on his face covering it. There isn’t enough space in the 9-inch diameter borewell for the child to make any movements.
“We are supplying only oxygen to the child. Supply of glucose or any food item is not possible as the child’s face is covered with jute bag, which fell in the borewell along with the child,” said Dr Manjit Singh, civil surgeon, Sangrur.
Fatehveer fell into the unused borewell in his father’s field near their house at around 4.00 pm Thursday. The opening of the borewell, which had not been taken in use since 1991, was covered with a jute bag and the boy accidentally stepped on it. His mother tried to rescue him, but failed. He is stuck around 125 feet deep in the borewell.Earlier, a team of NDRF had tried to pull out the child with the help of rope but could not succeed.
Meanwhile, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and experts from the Army, assisted by the police, civil authorities, villagers and volunteers form Dera Sacha Sauda, were at work digging a parallel pit to rescue the child.
Till the time of the filing this report, the rescuers had dug about 90 feet by taking out soil manually, officials said. They said a shaft of 36 inches in diameter was being installed to bring out the child safely. The rescue operation was likely to continue post midnight, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori toldThe Indian Express.
Local MLA and Punjab Minister Vijayinder Singla, who visited the spot Saturday, said, “The borewell is 150 feet deep, but the child is stuck at 125 feet. The pipe till that depth is of 9 inch diameter. Beyond that it is 7 inch wide.”
Officials said a camera dropped inside the borewell recorded some movement of the child Saturday morning, giving hope to the rescuers. “Villagers have also chipped in and are providing help in any way possible,” Singla said.
Villagers and others offered prayers at the gurdwara for the child.
The borewell was dug by Fatehveer’s family in 1984. They used to draw water from it to irrigate the fields. It was last used in 1991. Fatehveer’s father Sukhjinder Singh had later covered it with jute bags held in place by some bricks.
DC Thori said they have already issued Rs 1 lakh to SDM Sunam from the emergency fund to carry out the rescue operations. “We have asked for Rs 5 lakh from Chief Minister Relief Fund,” he added.
Civil surgeon Dr Manjit Singh said a teams of doctors is camping at the spot. “They are at the spot with a well equipped ambulance. We will shift the child to a super speciality centre, if needed,” he added.