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Jessica Probably Will Keep Her Foot but May Lose 2 Toes

October 23, 1987|Associated Press

MIDLAND, Tex. — Jessica McClure's injured right foot apparently won't have to be amputated, but the toddler may lose two toes as a result of her 2 1/2 days trapped in a well, a hospital spokeswoman said today after Jessica's third operation.

"I think if anything, it would just be those two toes," said Stellyce Allen, spokeswoman for Midland Memorial Hospital where the 18-month-old girl has been cared for since her rescue a week ago from the narrow well shaft.

Jessica slid into an eight-inch dry well last week and her foot was jammed at an awkward angle for 58 1/2 hours, cutting off circulation and threatening it with gangrene that doctors had warned could have required amputation of the entire foot.

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