Trapped for three days without food and water. The protagonists of this story are two nuns, 58 and 68, one from Ireland, the other from New Zealand, guests in Rome in an institute that temporarily hosts visitors from religious missions around the world.
No one noticed the absence of the two nuns during the weekend, in fact they were found by a cleaner, arrived at work on Monday morning, who soon called the police. The two women were visibly upset, dehydrated, but in good physical condition, and were taken to a nearby hospital.
The lift broke down on Friday night, while it was descending to the ground floor. The cries for help were useless because there was no-one in the building. Moreover, they could not call anybody because neither of the two had a mobile phone. So, the only thing they could do was waiting for the arrival of someone, and it took three days for a pious soul to finally arrive.
The cleaner – who arrived early in the morning for the usual cleaning service – rang the doorbell but received no reply. Then, the alarmed woman called the police, and without waiting for the firefighters, the patrol leader cut off the electricity and activated the emergency measures to bring the lift back to the floor. Once out, the nuns thanked the police, explaining that they had “prayed so much”. And in the end their guardian angels arrived.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo