canberra Three days after being lost in the woods in a rural area of Australia, a three-year-old boy wearing a sweater and diaper was found alive in the drain on Monday and was drinking water with his hands.
Hundreds have searched for Anthony “AJ” Alfalac, who has autism and is unable to communicate verbally, as he disappeared from his family’s property near the rural town of Putty in northern Sydney on Friday morning.
Superintendent of Police Tracy Chapman said a police helicopter crew found him sitting in a shallow stream about 1,540 feet from his home around Monday afternoon.
Paramedics said the minor’s condition was fine, but he was taken to the hospital for observation.
His father, Anthony Elfalak, said that AJ had been bitten by ants, had diaper rash and suffered scabies.
“It’s a miracle”, The father told reporters that he and his wife, Kelly, were reunited with their son.
“He is clinging to his mother. Hearing this, he opened his eyes, looked and fell asleep.”, They told.
The AJ was found in an area that had already been inspected. Police believe he spent the entire time in the woods, Chapman said.
their ability to find drinking water was the key to survival, Because of the risk of dehydration, Chapman said. At night, the temperature in the area drops to 43 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dependency Inspector Simon Merrick said AJ was kneeling in the stream when a state emergency service officer came up to him and placed a hand on his shoulder.
The officer “assured that he turned to look at her with a big smile he would never forget,” Merrick said.
AJ, the paramedic examining Gerry Pyke described him as a “little survivor.”
“Little AJ is fine,” said Pyke. “I was very, very grateful. I looked into his eyes”.
AJ falls asleep in the ambulance after being reunited with his parents, and wakes up hungry.
“He had three slices of pizza and a banana, so that’s great”Pike declared.