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30 Years Later, Baby Jessica Speaks Out

A little over 30 years ago, 18-month-old toddler Jessica McClure became a household name. The toddler had inexplicably fallen down 22 feet into a well on her aunt’s property in Midland, Texas.

The frightening scene quickly captured national attention, and viewers were captivated by the rescue efforts.

This was in the early days of cable news, and CNN provided nearly round the clock coverage of what was going on. The tale of baby Jessica was one of the first clear signs of the power and scope of the concept of cable news as a whole.

Thirty years later, it’s hard to imagine a major story not receiving such attention.

Once rescue efforts began, it would take rescuers more than two days to bring baby Jessica to safety. Jessica didn’t suffer any major damage from the harrowing experience, but she would have to undergo surgery on her right foot, which is now noticeably smaller than her left one.

She was obviously without food and water for some time, and there were serious concerns that she would suffer even more lasting damage. Thankfully, that turned out to not be the case, and one of the most heartwarming parts of the story was the fact that she was fast asleep as drilling was going on all around her.

Jessica’s fame didn’t end after she was rescued. She would go on to grace the cover of People magazine, and she remained a subject of fascination for some time. As AWM shares, that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for her as she began to grow.

“There were a few times I was picked on specifically for being ‘Baby Jessica.’ I had a kid that called me ‘well-dweller’ for a good couple of years. Kids are blunt – they say what’s on their minds,” she notes.

“Especially when everybody in the world is like, ‘Oh, Baby Jessica’s got money,’ and I wore hand-me-downs.”

Fast forward to today, and Jessica is married to Danny Morales, a foreman in a pipe supply company. The couple resides in Midland, the same town where her mishap took place.

The couple has two children of their own, Sheyenne, 8 and Simon, 10, and Jessica works as a special-education teacher’s aide in an elementary school.

Thirty years later, she’s able to keep what happened to her in the proper perspective. In fact, it sounds like it’s actually helped her to grow into the woman that she is today.

“That part of my life made me the kind of mom that I am: to express to my kids that it’s not right. My kids have good hearts,” she adds. “Had I not survived, none of this would have been.”

On a positive note, Jessica didn’t suffer any long-term psychological trauma from being trapped, but she did have some rough patches to navigate through as a result of her fame. In the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty small potatoes.

As we’ve all seen in a countless number of situations, things don’t always work out so well for those that realize an inordinate amount of fame at such a young age. By all accounts, Jessica appears to be one of the exceptions to that rule, as she seems like a perfectly happy and content mother and wife.

Source: AWM
Photo: Inside Edition

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