Doctor: Nadia Bloom doing ‘remarkably well’.
WINTER SPRINGS — Nadia Bloom is being treated for insect bites and dehydration in a Longwood hospital after being rescued this morning from the woods where she spent four days in alligator-infested woods and swampland near Lake Jesup.
Rescuers and other law-enforcement officials carried the 11-year-old girl out of the woods in a black sling shortly before noon, more than three hours after rescuer James King called 911 to report he had found her.
King, 44, of Orlando, was a volunteer searcher and a member of Metro Church, where the Blooms worship.
"I didn't all of a sudden see her," King said. "I was yelling, ‘Nadia! Nadia!' and she said, ‘What?'"
Nadia's father, Jeff Bloom, thanked the rescuers.
"It all came so fast and it just shows the compassion of the human spirit. It should give everybody encouragement," Jeff Bloom told reporters after rescue crews lifted his daughter into an ambulance.
When asked how he felt, Nadia's father said: "I can't even describe it. Let's give the glory to God."
Nadia, who has an autism-related disorder called Asperger's syndrome, was covered in bug bites, her feet were waterlogged and she was dehydrated, officials said. She was not wearing shoes when she was found, and she was described in good condition.