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More Surgery for Jessica on Her Parade Day

October 27, 1987

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) _ Nineteen-month-old Jessica McClure will undergo more surgery on her right foot Thursday, the day a parade is held to honor those who helped rescue her from an abandoned well.

The toddler was in serious but stable condition Tuesday following surgery Monday on the foot, Midland Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Sue Ristom said.

Meanwhile, thousands of West Texans were expected to sign a huge get-well card bound from San Angelo to Midland for Thursday’s celebration.

The card, six feet square, has a big Winnie-the-Pooh on the front, and this message inside:

″You brought hearts together from all over the world. Our hearts go out to you.″

The card, sponsored by radio station KIXY, will be on a float that features hundreds of teddy bears and other stuffed animals sent to Jessica.

Friday morning, television talk-show hostess Oprah Winfrey will be in Midlad to tape a show focusing on the efforts to save the toddler, who marked her 19th month on Monday.

During the one-hour operation Monday, doctors cut away dead tissue from the side of the right foot and heel, Ms. Ristom said. That process will be repeated Thursday.

Jessica injured the foot when she fell into the abandoned well almost two weeks ago. The foot was wedged between the well and her body during the 58 1/2 -hour ordeal, cutting off the blood supply.

Doctors will have to cut away dead tissue several times before they graft skin from the girl’s thighs onto the injured foot, Ms. Ristom said.

Jessica is eating well, playing often and undergoing three pressurized oxygen treatments daily, Ms. Ristom said. The oxygen treatments are intended to help the body replace blood vessels in the damaged foot.

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