The four Indigenous children who were found after being lost in the Colombian Amazon for forty days are believed to be healing well and in “high spirits” according to the welfare officials who spoke to the media on Monday. One of the children even drew a painting that may have depicted a lost army search dog.
Lesly, Soleiny, Tien Noriel, and Cristin, who are ages 13, 9, 5, and 1, respectively, were being treated at a military hospital in Bogota after they were discovered famished and thirsty last Friday. The siblings had survived a plane disaster that occurred more than five weeks ago.
In the aftermath of the collision, which also claimed the lives of the two other adults they were traveling with, their mother had passed away.
Adriana Velasquez, an employee at the Colombian Family Welfare Institute, stated in a video that was distributed to the public that the rescued children were “in high spirits” as of Monday.
They have been doing activities such as coloring and drawing. They are really talkative,” she went on to say.
An illustration that depicts Wilson, a search and rescue dog that went lost during the operation, was published by the army and ascribed to one of the youngsters.
“They had a dog with them, and the dog would wander off and then return… In a video that was distributed by the Ministry of Defense, the children’s grandfather, Narciso Mucutuy, stated that after that, the man vanished.
The military announced on Saturday that it will continue its search for Wilson, a Belgian shepherd dog who is six years old and was instrumental in the discovery of some of the objects that the youngsters had left behind in the jungle.
“No one is left behind,” the army declared in a tweet that included a video of the dog.
While they were stranded in the forest by themselves, the youngsters kept themselves alive by eating fruit and a three-pound sack of cassava flour that they discovered in the wreckage of the plane.
A colleague of Velasquez named Astrid Caceres informed W Radio that the older siblings had been battling fevers, while Tien Noriel was being examined for a probable response to something he ate. This information was provided in the context of a custody dispute.
Tien Noriel was too weak to walk by the time rescuers located the four after crossing more than 2,600 kilometers (1,615 miles) of the forest, only to discover them approximately five kilometers from the debris of the little plane. The plane had crashed about five kilometers from where the four were discovered.
“not due to any serious condition but for closer monitoring due to her age,” said Caceres, adding that all four had been catching up on lost sleep. The youngest of the siblings remains in intensive care despite the fact that she does not have a serious condition.
It is anticipated that the children would continue to stay in the hospital for another two to three weeks.
The siblings will continue to be under the care of the family welfare organization until a disagreement regarding custody of the children amongst their relatives is settled.
Members of the family of Magdalena Mucutuy, the deceased mother, have stated that Manuel Miller Ranoque, the father of the two younger siblings, mistreated the children, which is something that he denies having done.
Ranoque told the media on Sunday outside the hospital that his wife had suffered serious injuries in the car accident that took place on May 1, but she did not pass away until May 5, with her children by her side. He revealed this when he was speaking to the press.
During the time that rescuers were looking for the children, they played a recording of the children’s grandmother pleading with them not to move.
Their paternal grandma, Fatima Valencia, expressed to AFP her desire to become the legal guardian of all four of her grandchildren.