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Irish nun rescued after three days stuck in a lift

The 58-year-old was with another nun from New Zealand in the Rome convent.

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AN IRISH NUN trapped in a lift in Rome for three days without food or water is now recovering in hospital.

The 58-year-old Maris Sister was with another 68-year-old Kiwi nun when an electrical fault at a convent building left them trapped on Friday.

The two women were staying temporarily at the Marist guest house when the lift broke down.

Local media reports that the women made futile attempts to cry out for help but there was nobody in the building over the weekend.

IlMessaggero.it reports that neither of the nuns had a mobile phone so could not ring for help.

The women were only rescued on Monday when a cleaner called to door of the convent and got no reply. The cleaner called police who were able to get a set of keys from a nearby religious institute and entered the building.

The police are understood to have called out asking if in anyone was there.

“Yes, we are here, in the elevator,” was the reply from the two nuns.

When the two sisters were rescued they are reported to have said that they’d “prayed so much” during their three days in the lift.

They were taken away by ambulance for treatment for dehydration.

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The Marist Sisters in Ireland say they are aware of the incident and have confirmed that the Irish nun is being treated in hospital but have not spoken directly to her.

She is understood be fine but recovering from the ordeal.

She doesn not live in Ireland and has been based in Rome for seven years.

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