A one-year-old and ten-month-old girl who went missing has been found alive four days after her disappearance. Russia.
Lyuda Kucina went missing near her home in the Smolensk region west of Moscow, which led to a search involving hundreds of people.
She had no food or water and was eventually covered by an insect bite, but she was still alive after the screams of one of the searching guests.
“She promised not to run away from her mother anymore,” the girl’s mother, Antonina Kucina Komsomolskaya Pravda, told the newspaper.
“I don’t know how long she remembered that promise, but at least she says so,” he said.
The baby is now being cared for at a children’s hospital in Smolensk.
A Russian television network spoke with the mother on a playground outside the hospital, where they are waiting for evacuation.
Mother and daughter reunite shortly after discovery in Lyuda forest – Photo: Sledcom Smolensk / BBC
The alarm came after the Lyuda family left their summer home last Tuesday in the Dumkinsky area.
She was playing outside with her four-year-old sister, but when her mother went to the house next door and entered the nearby woods, her sister followed her.
About 400 volunteers and police began searching the area for the child.
Divers checked to see if water had fallen into the reservoirs in the area, but nothing was found.
Nearly four days after the disappearance, one of the group stopped to rest 4km from the girl’s family home. Then they heard a noise.
“Volunteers told me it wasn’t too far from the site on the first day,” Mom said.
“It was only on the fourth day when they heard a moan that they saw that it was covered with branches under the tree,” he added.
Lyuda’s survival story is reminiscent of a three-year-old boy who survived 72 hours in 2016 in an area occupied by wolves and bears in the Siberian jungle in Russia.
With no food for Lsuda, Serin Topsut survived by eating a small bar of chocolate.
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