Kiwi nun looks forward to coming home

Sister Jane O'Carroll (far right) was hospitalised after spending three days stuck in a lift in Rome.

Sister Jane O'Carroll (far right) was hospitalised after spending three days stuck in a lift in Rome.

A New Zealand nun who spent three days trapped in a lift in Rome plans to rest when she returns home in July.

Sister Jane O'Carroll, 67, was hospitalised for two days after she and an Irish nun suffered serious dehydration following the nightmare ordeal at their Marist convent on Monday.

Sister Gemma Wilson, a Marist nun in Auckland,  said she heard from O'Carroll on Friday. 

A Kiwi nun was trapped with an Irish colleague in a lift at the Marist Sisters convent in Rome for three nights.
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A Kiwi nun was trapped with an Irish colleague in a lift at the Marist Sisters convent in Rome for three nights.

"They are both recovering and are in good health," Wilson said.

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The nun seemed in good humour, joking the doctors filled her to the maximum limit when rehydrating her.

"She has a Kiwi sense of humour and she's a lovely person with a good brain."

O'Carroll and Irish Sister Miriam McManus, 58, were at the end of their seven-year contracts in the Italian capital when the lift broke down on June 5.

The pair had been "holding the fort" at the convent until a new team arrived, Wilson said.

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This meant the convent was empty and there was no one to raise the alarm when the lift broke.

Making the situation worse, a heatwave hit the city during the weekend, with the temperature averaging 34 degrees Celsius.

It was only when a cleaner was unable to get into the convent on Monday that the police were called.

Both women were hospitalised and treated with a saline drip to rehydrate them.

The women's plight made international headlines, but O'Carroll warned her friends not to believe everything they read, Wilson said.

Media initially reported the women drank their own urine to survive, but a Marist order spokesperson has since told media this was untrue.

Both women have said they are not ready to talk about being trapped in the lift.

O'Carroll has finished her contract as a congressional leader in Rome and will return to Auckland in July.

Wilson said her friend planned to spend a few months resting until starting work again.

"She just needs a good break."

 - Sunday Star Times

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