Suraj’s chances of survival bleak: official


Jaipur : Chances of survival of three-year-old Suraj Banjara are bleak, officials said here late Friday after rescuing the boy from a 180-feet-deep pit three days after he fell into it while playing.

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Suraj was rushed to the Sawai Sawai Man Singh Hospital here after a marathon rescue operation. He was in an "unconscious" condition.

"We were finally able to take out the child out of the bore well. His chances of survival are bleak. We have sent him to the SMS hospital in Jaipur where doctors are going to check him," Jaipur collector Akhil Arora told reporters.

Suraj had fallen into the narrow pit in Nimedi, 30 km from here, while playing on Wednesday.

His parents, Om Prakash and Prem Devi, are labourers. The local administration along with the army had been working day and night to try and rescue the boy from the one-foot-wide well.

Earlier, the army's effort to rescue Suraj had received a setback when the crane engaged in drilling a parallel pit collapsed on Thursday evening, injuring two people.

The army had deployed seven digging machines, seven tractors, and a fire tender to dig a parallel hole near the pit to get closer to the boy.

Oxygen was being pumped into the well to keep Suraj alive. However, the CCTV footage used to see the boy had showed no movement.

Hundreds of people had gathered at the site during the rescue operations, some offering prayers.