Friday, September 30, 2022

The poignant way rescuers kept a girl calm after she got stuck in a drain

Firefighters in South Australia sing the tunes of The Wiggles to keep a child calm as he pulls his leg out of a creek.

Little Naywah was playing at a friend’s house in Elizabeth, north of Adelaide, when she fell into a creek and got her foot stuck in a pipe.

Watch Nayawah’s mother talk about the incident in the video above

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After failing to get her leg out several times, Naivah’s mother, Samantha Walkley, called emergency services.

“I felt his back for like two seconds, I walked in and as soon as I stepped outside, I saw his foot was down in the pipe,” said Walkley. sunrise,

“I laughed at first because I thought she was going to pass out straight away, but she definitely didn’t.”

During the rescue, firefighters sang to the girl.
During the rescue, firefighters sang to the girl. Credit: sunrise

Metropolitan Fire Service Station Officer Andy Dunt was among the crew helping free the 23-month-old baby.

“We were just worried. We made sure he was happy and safe and he kept a smile on his face most of the time, so we took our time to make sure we didn’t hurt him further,” Dunt said.

To keep her calm throughout the trial, she was given a bottle of milk and a phone to play by The Wiggles.

Naywah was kept calm with a bottle of milk and The Wiggles.
Naywah was kept calm with a bottle of milk and The Wiggles. Credit: sunrise
Nayawah remained calm throughout the exam.
Nayawah remained calm throughout the exam. Credit: sunrise

Firefighters sang songs to help.

“I wasn’t singing Wiggles, because it would hurt more if I sang it,” Dunt joked.

“Shamas, one of the other firefighters, sang some The Wiggles songs to keep him entertained. I held a bottle of milk in his mouth for a while to keep him calm.

Naivah was rescued after firefighters fought for about an hour.
Naivah was rescued after firefighters fought for about an hour. Credit: sunrise

Firefighters dug about a meter to break the pipe and finally freed Naivah. She was not injured.

“They were fantastic the whole time,” Walkley said.

“I was tense at first, but when they woke up they had everything under control and got them out really quickly.”

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