Parents love to pay close attention to their growing kids, especially when they are between ages 0-5. Children sometimes wander off, put things in their mouths, or do the most unimaginable things, living their lives oblivious of consequences.
Now, this is part of the perks of being a parent, being present and attentive. However, when dealing with a child diagnosed with autism, one must exercise more patience, caution, and consciousness, as they must be handled specially. A case related to this is registered in Australia.A toddler was found three days after he went missing in the Australian wilderness, authorities confirmed on Monday.
New South Wales (NSW) Police responded to reports just before 12.30 p.m. on Friday that three-year-old Anthony “AJ” Elfalak had gone missing from his family’s property in the rural area of Putty, where he was last seen.
For the Elfalak family, this would forever be a September to remember.His son was miraculously found alive and healthy after spending three days in the woods.
AJ is autistic and non-verbal, according to a news portal.
When he couldn’t be found, officers organized an extensive search operation with the help of local authorities, including NSW Ambulance, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and the Volunteer Rescue Association.They were also helped by hundreds of emergency service volunteers.
Around 11.30 am on Monday, after a lengthy search, aviation support service PolAir spotted AJ and was able to guide ground search teams to him.
NSW Police Force shared an update on Twitter shortly after Anthony was found. They wrote, “Missing three-year-old boy Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak has been located a short time ago. He is yet to be assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics. More info to come.”
AJ’s father, Anthony Elfalak, told a news portal that, “It’s a miracle. He’s alive. It’s amazing, I’ve been in the bush for four days, I haven’t slept. He said his son was suffering from diaper rash and ant bites, and had fallen over.
A paramedic who examined Anthony said the boy was a ‘little survivor’.