The mum of a three-year-old boy who was rescued three days after going missing in the treacherous Australian outback is convinced footage of him being found shows the Virgin Mary watching over him.
Anthony ‘AJ’ Elfalak disappeared from his home in New South Wales on September 3 but was miraculously found three days later drinking muddy water from a creek.
Police released incredible footage of the moment he was discovered by a helicopter crew, with the video being seen across the world.
But AJ’s mum Kelly believes it also showed he was never alone.
“We’re a religious family, I always say that the Virgin Mary and all the saints and the angels are with my kids every day,” she told news.com.au.
“The Virgin Mary is always with us and I knew she was always with AJ.
“If you saw the picture of AJ in the creek, you can actually see the Virgin Mary next to him.”
The Orthodox Christian church has also backed Kelly’s extraordinary claim.
A spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney told Daily Mail Australia the family had been ‘blessed by a miracle’.
AJ was found playing in a creek behind his family home in Putty, 150km northwest of Sydney, on September 6.
Amazingly he had nothing more than some scratches, ant bites and nappy rash to show for his terrifying ordeal.
His survival was credited to the water source he was discovered in as well as wombat holes that protected the toddler from the freezing temperatures of the bush at night.
Emotional pictures at the time showed an overwhelmed Kelly collapsing to the ground after being told her child had been found.
Friends and family celebrated for two days straighter after AJ’s rescue, but his father says it will be dwarfed by the party when Covid restrictions ease in the coming months.
“When Covid is over we’re going to have the biggest party for AJ… Everyone’s invited,” he said.
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