A four-year-old girl living in subzero Siberian winter weather did something very few children or adults could even imagine. She decided to walk five miles in below freezing temperature by herself to get her sick grandmother help.
Last month Saglana Salchak woke up and noticed that her 60-year-old grandmother was not moving. Of course as a young girl she was unsure of what to do, so she alerted her blind grandfather and after the two of them spoke,they both agreed that immediate medical care was needed.
Without a house phone or any other way to get help, the young girl walked out her front door into the frigid arctic like weather to get to their neighbor’s house which was located 5 miles away.
To defend herself from the wolves, darkness and the bitter cold, Salchak only had a box of matches given to her by her grandfather to keep her safe.
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Semyon Rubtsov, head of the regional search and rescue group told the local paper, Komsomolskaya Pravda about the harsh conditions the young girl was walking in while traveling. Saying, “Tuva has simply filled up with wolves” and that “They eat the livestock – the herders moan about them. She could have easily stumbled on a pack in the darkness.”
Once the young girl got to the neighbor’s house, the family called for medical help for the child and also the grandmother, who was later confirmed dead by the medical team.
Salchak told the local paper that she wasn’t scared and that she was just cold and “really wanted to eat” during her five mile trek.
But none of the details really matter to locals, they just believe the young girl is a hero for everything she went though to help her grandmother.
After Salchak was taken out of the custody of her grandparents, she went to a local hospital to recover from a cold. But as of now, she’s living at a local social center.
At this time local police have opened up a criminal case against the young girls mother, Eleanora Salchak for leaving her daughter in danger by having her live with elderly grandparents who could not properly care for her.
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