Imagine being just 4 years old, playing outside with a favorite ball. Happy and carefree, you chase down the ball with all your tiny might.
But suddenly, the unthinkable happens.
Your slender preschool body slips perfectly into a narrow hole, plummeting you deep underground without a chance of escape.
For a 4-year-old boy in Sahiwal, in Punjab, Pakistan, this nightmare became reality when he fell through a 10-inch borewell that had been left uncovered.
Muhammad Adeeb was hopelessly trapped in the darkness and probably would have fared much worse had it not been for his cousin, Usama.
Usama, also 4 years old, saw Muhammad disappear down the hole and ran back to his village for help. His heroic actions likely saved his cousin’s life.
A crowd of locals gathered and attempted to rescue the child, who was 20 feet underground, to no avail.
When Muhammad’s father, Muhammad Noman, found out his son was trapped, he was filled with fear.
“When my neighbor informed me that my child has fallen into the borewell, I immediately rushed to the village and saw a huge crowd had gathered at the site,” Noman said, according to the Daily Mail.
“Everyone was giving ideas what to do and how to bring him out, we tried but nothing worked,” Noman said. “Luckily amid the chaos, someone had called the rescue helpline.”
The professional rescue team spent four hours rigging up a pipe and rope system that could pull the boy to safety.
“They took some time to reach to the spot but luckily they rescued my son,” a relieved Noman said.
Eventually, Muhammad’s head emerged from the dark hole. He was caked in mud and dust, with a shell-shocked look on his face.
Muhammad’s father said his son was alert enough to recognize his voice.
“I was too scared and I couldn’t see him, but when I called his name, he responded well,” Noman said.
“It was a heart-wrenching moment, but I’m thankful to God that my son was rescued without any injury on his body.”
After a harrowing day, Muhammad’s family and friends are breathing a sigh of relief that the boy is OK.
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