A Chinese woman has been found alive after becoming trapped at the bottom of an abandoned well for 15 days, living off raw corn cobs and rainwater, state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday.
Su Qixiu, 38, was found Monday in the abandoned well in Zhongfeng Village, the fire department told Xinhua.
The well, which is 13 feet deep, is surrounded by corn stalks and is difficult to see.
Su had no visible injuries but suffered internal injuries, Xinhua reported. She is reported in stable condition and receiving fluids.
She survived by eating raw corn and drinking rainwater that fell into the well, Xinhua reported.
Firefighters rescued her on Monday afternoon, and she was now receiving medical care, reports said.
The well was surrounded by tall stalks of corn and hence hard to see, and the inside wall of the well too smooth to climb, the report said. Relatives searched for the missing woman but could not find her.
Su was searching for medicinal herbs in the corn field when she fell in, local Henan newspaper Dahe Daily reported.
As she fell she grabbed onto some corn stalks. While the stalks did not stop her fall, some ears of corn fell into the well with her, it said.
In July, five people died after falling into a well in southwest China\’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, state media said.