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Jessica’s Mood Improves, Rescuers To Join Parade

October 23, 1987

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) _ Jessica McClure’s rescuers will join a parade next week to celebrate the nationally publicized effort to save her, as uncertainty continued over whether the 18-month-old girl will be able to keep her badly damaged right foot.

Meanwhile, a nursing supervisor at Midland Memorial Hospital said the mood of the toddler who spent 58 hours trapped in an abandoned well had improved daily.

Jessica was scheduled Friday to receive skin grafts from her thighs to temporarily cover four incisions made in her foot to relieve pressure caused by swelling, doctors said.

Doctors said Thursday they still were unsure whether they could save the foot.

At a news conference Thursday, Chamber of Commerce President Charles Spence said Jessica’s parents, Chip and Cissy McClure, would join the chamber and city officials Thursday in a citywide celebration of the volunteer efforts that resulted in Jessica’s rescue a week ago.

″We want everyone who participated in the rescue to be in the parade,″ said Robin Jackson, organizing co-chairman of the tribute.

McClure also said that television talk-show hostess Oprah Winfrey planned to take her program to Midland on Oct. 30, when she will interview the McClures and some rescuers, McClure said.

Jessica, who remained in stable condition Thursday in the intensive care unit, has a severely injured right foot. The blood supply to the foot was almost blocked when the foot became wedged between the well and Jessica’s body.

The toddler will not be able to attend the parade or Miss Winfrey’s show, the McClures said.

Mrs. McClure said she ″wanted her out (of the hospital) for Halloween,″ but she was told by hospital staff that Jessica ″can go trick-or-treating all throughout the hospital.″

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