Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, survived in bushland in Putty, near Sydney, Australia, for three days before he was rescued by emergency services. His mum says it was because he was being protected by the Virgin Mary
The family of a three-year-old boy who was found after going missing in woodland have said police video of his rescue proves he was protected by the Virgin Mary.
Anthony “AJ” Elfalak, survived living in bushland in Putty, near Sydney, Australia, f or three days before he was rescued by emergency services on September 6.
AJ, who has autism and is non-verbal, was found wearing just a nappy and a sweatshirt, drinking muddy water from a creek.
Officers said it was his ability to find drinking water that helped him survive.
After a night sleeping in an ambulance and a check-up at Maitland Hospital, the “miracle boy” was reunited with his parents, Anthony and Kelly Elfalak.
NSW Police Force)
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Kelly has now said footage of his rescue shows the Virgin Mary sitting by him, proving it he was saved by the divine.
She said in a recent social media post: “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.
“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.”
Ms Elfalak added she believes in the power of prayer, and had prayed just one hour before he was discovered on the camera of the police helicopter.
“I prayed one hour before … I took the holy communion … I just had that feeling. I said to myself ‘I’m going to see him soon’,” she said.
Describing the moment she was told her son had been found alive she said: “I was in shock. It was such a relief. I can’t describe it. I just couldn’t believe that they found my baby,” she said.
“I’m just so blessed and I’m so grateful.”
An officer said AJ ate pizza, a banana and ice in the ambulance after being found.
Speaking at the time of his discovery she said: “I collapsed. I was so happy. I just couldn’t wait to put him in my arms. He looked at me and smiled and he held me tight and he slept.”