Canberra, Australia — A 3-year-old boy wearing was a sweatshirt and diapers found to sit in a stream and running water in his hands to drink on Monday, three days after he got lost in rugged Australian forests. hundreds of people was searching for Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, who has autism and is non-verbal, as he went missing from his family’s remote rural property in near the village of Putty, north of Sydney, late Friday.
The crew of a police helicopter saw him in shallow water in a stream bed late Monday about 510 yards his homesaid Police Commissioner Tracy Chapman.
He was in good condition, but was taken to a hospital for observation, paramedics said.
His father, Anthony Elfalak, said AJ had been bitten by ants, had diaper rash and had abrasions.
“It is a miracle,” the father told reporters after he and his wife, Kelly Elfalak, reunited with their son.
“He is” just cling to mom. if soon when he heard his mother, he opened his eyes and looked at her and fell in sleep,” he said.
AJ was found in An area die had been sought before. Police assume he spent the whole time in the woods, Chapman said.
To be ability finding drinking water was a key factor in its survival because of the danger of dehydration, she said. Night temperatures in the area submerged as low as 43 degrees Fahrenheit.
AJ knelt in the creek when a state emergency officer reached him and extended a hand on the boy’s shoulder, SES Superintendent Simon Merrick said.
The officer “stated that he… [AJ] turned to him with a huge smile on to be face that he won’t forget,” said Merrick.
the paramedic who AJ researched, Gerry Pyke, described him as a ‘minor survivor’.
“Little AJ’s condition was quite remarkable,” Pyke said. “He was very, very grateful. I could see that” in to be eyes.”
AJ slept in an ambulance after he was reunited with to be parents, when awake up hungry.
“He got stuck in about three slices of pizza and a banana so it’s beautiful good’ said Peak.
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