A sister from Ireland and a sister from New Zealand were rushed to a hospital in Rome on Monday after having spent a weekend trapped in an lift without food or water, while temperatures reached 32 degrees celcius.
The 58-year-old Irish religious and the 68-year-old religious from New Zealand “are fine, but are not speaking to the press,” a receptionist at the Marist Sisters residence in Rome told Catholic News Service yesterday.
Neither sister had a telephone with her when the lift at the Marist residence got stuck on Friday evening, said Italian press reports based on the police record of the incident.
No one else was in the residence all weekend, so the sisters’ cries for help went unheard.
A cleaning woman, reporting for work early on Monday, called the police, who managed to get the lift open. The sisters told the police they had “prayed a lot,” according to the Italian daily, Il Messaggero.
An ambulance took the sisters to the hospital for treatment of dehydration. The temperatures in Rome over the weekend reached 32 degrees celcius each day and the sisters had no water or food with them.