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Cleaners Stuck In Lift Kept Alive With Cough Drops

Two cleaning women, trapped inside a broken lift in Illinois for two days, survived on two cough drops and six aspirin until they were rescued.

Beata Bartoszewicz and her mother, Roma Borowski, entered the lift in an empty building in a Chicago suburb on 22 December. After the doors closed, the women discovered they were stuck on the first floor of the two-storey building.

There was no response from an emergency alarm and the women couldn't pry open the doors, Ms Bartoszewicz said. Neither had a mobile phone or water, and the building was due to remain closed until after Christmas.

The women became dizzy from hunger. "I was close to thinking I was going to die," Ms Bartoszewicz, 25, said. She added that her mother continually reassured her. "She kept saying, 'We're going to be OK, and we're going to spend Christmas Eve at home'," she said.

Two days later, on Christmas Eve, an employee of the building happened to go to work. Ms Borowski said she heard him talking on his phone. The women yelled for his attention and he heard them.

Fire crews freed the women an hour later.

Video: LiveLeak
Source: Chicago Sun-Times & Scotsman
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