This is one of those stories that will make you, just for a second, believe in miracles. A 2-year-old girl was playing in the backyard with her sister in Sweden when she wandered off, and the parents, obviously scared out of their minds, called the police. Authorities instantly mounted their search for the little girl in the freezing weather -- helicopters were being called in as well as search and rescue dogs.
Then, a police car on the hunt for the missing child got stuck in the snow, and everything changed.
When the cops got out to push their vehicle out of the slippery ditch, they heard someone crying. Just a few feet away was the young child, barefoot and freezing, weeping all alone.
The officers made their way through the waist-deep snow and scooped her up. They report that she was cold and upset, but was otherwise fine. Amazingly, she had toddled about two miles from home in the three hours that she was missing. The police brought her home to her parents and all's well.
Rather remarkable, isn't it, that a freak accident during the search for the toddler turned out to be the luckiest misfortune the cops could've ever asked for. While authorities are confident they would've found the girl soon (her red jacket against the white snow was going to be easy for the choppers to spot), you can never be sure.
Who knows what could've happened to her in if they hadn't run off the road -- frostbite? a bad fall? run-in with wildlife? -- it's stories like these that make me, just for a second, believe that things really do happen for a reason.
What do you think?
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