Rescued Colombian Indigenous kids ‘coloring, drawing’

The four indigenous children were found after 40 days lost in the jungle in the Colombian Amazon and were recovering “satisfactorily,” according to welfare officials.

Lesly, Soleiny, Tien Noriel, and Cristin, four siblings who are 13, 9, 5, and 1 years old, respectively, were being treated at a military hospital in Bogota after being discovered last Friday starving and dehydrated after surviving a plane crash more than five weeks ago.

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Following the collision that claimed the lives of the two other people they were traveling with, their mother passed away.

According to Adriana Velasquez of the Colombian Family Welfare Institute in a video given to the media on Monday, the kids were “in high spirits.”

“They have been coloring, drawing. They love to talk,” she added.

The older siblings had been fighting fever spikes, a colleague of Velasquez, Astrid Caceres, told W Radio, while Tien Noriel was being monitored for a possible reaction to something he ate.

Rescuers searched more almost 2,600 kilometers (1,615 miles) of jungle before discovering the four, but Tien Noriel was too weak to move by the time they found them five kilometers from the little plane’s wreckage.

According to Caceres, the youngest sibling is still in critical care “not because of any serious condition, but for closer monitoring due to her age,” adding that all four of the siblings have been making up for lost sleep.

The kids are anticipated to stay in the hospital for a further two to three weeks.

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