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25th anniversary of 'Baby Jessica' recovery from well

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Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of when Jessica McClure "Baby Jessica" was recovered from a well in Texas.

On October 14, 1987, 19-month-old Jessica fell into a small well in the backyard of her aunt's home in Midland, Texas. Rescue workers spent 58 hours trying to free Jessica from an eight-inch-wide well casing, 22 feet below ground. The story gained worldwide attention and became an ABC TV Movie in 1989.

Donations to Jessica's family poured in during the days of her rescue attempt. The money the family received was put into a trust fund for Jessica worth up to $800,000.  On March 26, 2011 Jessica turned 25 years old and was able to access the fund, which helped in the purchase of her present home.

Jessica is married with two kids and lives less than two miles from where she nearly died 25 years ago.

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