Irish nun trapped in sweltering elevator for three days
Published 10/06/2015 | 02:30
An Irish nun is recovering after a nightmare ordeal that saw her trapped in a lift for three days in sweltering conditions.
The woman (58) was trapped in the lift in a convent in Rome with a 69-year-old nun from New Zealand.
The Irish nun has been named locally as Sister Miriam McManus. The New Zealand woman has been identified as Sister Mary Elisabeth O'Carroll.
The incident occurred at the Marist convent in the city. It is believed that the elevator got stuck because of a power cut.
The women called for help but were not heard because the building was empty over the weekend. They had no mobile phone with them.
The pair were discovered on Monday by a cleaner who called police after ringing the doorbell and receiving no reply.
They were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for dehydration.
Last night, a spokesperson for the Marist order in Dublin said the Irish woman had been released from the hospital and was recovering well.
She told the Irish Independent: "We are really satisfied that this is all over. It was a terrible ordeal but we have spoken to her and she is grand. It will take her some time to get over it, but she is in good spirits.
"They are both out of the hospital and are on the mend."
The spokesperson went on to complain about some accounts of how the pair had survived their ordeal while in the lift.
Local media initially reported that the nuns resorted to drinking their own urine. Rome had been experiencing a heatwave at the time with temperatures in the Italian capital reaching 37C.
However, last night the Marist order said this was "entirely incorrect".
"We just want to clarify that this is inaccurate reporting on behalf of some sections in the Italian media and it seems that it has been picked up elsewhere.
"We can say that reports that they drank their own urine are completely untrue. They are definitely incorrect."
The spokesperson added that the trapped nun did not want to speak about her experience "at present".
The two women later said they had "prayed so much" while trapped.
It is understood that the Irish nun has lived and worked in Rome for the past seven years but is originally from the north-west of Ireland.
She also served at a Marist convent in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, where she was a primary school teacher.