Thankfully, the girl only suffered from 'general hypothermia', and no life-threatening effects.
A little girl, only four years of age, reportedly walked through the dense forests of Siberia to fetch help for her grandmother who was having a heart attack. According to The Independent, she walked for eight kilometers to find someone who could help her grandma who later died. The young girl made the journey through a remote region of southern Russia by herself, exposing herself to the threat of bears, wolves, and temperatures way below the freezing point because she found her grandmother lying motionless when she woke up. The little girl, locally known as Saglana, lives with her elderly relative and her blind grandfather.
She made this walk in February where temperatures in the Republic of Tuva are expected to be around -26°C. It was only recently confirmed by the authorities and reports on social media suggest that on the day the little girl walked alone, the temperature was around - 34°C. As a result, the little girl's mother is now facing criminal charges by the Investigations Department of the Republic of Tuva, a federal subject of Russia which shares its southern border with China. She has been accused of leaving a minor in danger, in the care of the elderly. Thankfully, the girl only suffered from 'general hypothermia', and no life-threatening effects.
4-летняя девочка из Тувы - Саглана Салчак, прошла 8 километров в 34-градусный мороз по снежной тайге, пытаясь спасти свою умирающую бабушку! pic.twitter.com/IGwfsTS5QU— Михаил Емельянов (@ScherbDep) March 11, 2017
In 2016, a three-year-old boy survived for three days in the same region, reports The Independent. Apparently, the boy, named Tserin Dopchut, disappeared after he was playing with dogs near his family home in the small village of Khut in the Tuva republic's Piy-Khemsky district. The boy was not wearing a coat and was carrying only a small bar of chocolate when he wandered into the taiga, which is a snowy coniferous forest that covers large areas of Siberia, on 18 September. Over 100 people were involved in rescue efforts and a helicopter was also used to explore the area.
Head of the Tuva republic, Sholban Kara-Ool, said the boy was finally found after he came out of his hiding spot when he recognized his uncle's voice. He said the boy survived by eating his own supply of chocolate and sheltering in a dry area under a tree. The story of the girl walking alone for eight kilometers got several reactions for social media users. Julia Podorozhnaya wrote: The child was left with the parents of a mother, while mother was at work, the family seems to be very poor as they don't have a mobile phone nowadays and age. If not her parents to whom a mother could trust to leave her child with when the finances and government support are almost nonexistent?!?
A mother had to go to work to support her child and elderly parents, heart attacks could happen to anyone, regardless of the age. Mr. Putin should look into a social care support system to be reformed, that vulnerable layers of the society would not be pushed by a desperation to survive to go to an extreme . This is a clear example that elderly people, children, and single parents are not protected in Russia . The money spent on wars instead. Felipe Eduardo Salas Flores compared her to a fictional character instead and wrote: Little red riding hood walking near the wolves the opposite way, coming from his grannie back to town.