Don't you love a good story of survival? I love these types of stories where someone could have easily perished, but they made it out alive. This amazing woman is a 59-year-old hiker and physician's assistant who survived a broken leg, harsh temperatures and no food or shelter before being rescued four days later in Utah. She believes her faith in God and her background in medicine saved her as just last year a person died under similar circumstances, according to ABC News.
From Wade, Maine, the injured hiker, Victoria Grover, became lost north of Escalante in the Dixie National Forest. Perhaps her poor luck started where she began her hike. Get this! Hell's Backbone Road. There's some irony, huh?
How'd she break her leg? While on her way out of the area heading back she jumped off a ledge just about 4-feet down. She was only two miles from the trail head. As a hiker, I find it quite miraculous that she was found. Sometimes when my husband and I hike in the northwest, two miles from the trail head can be quite a covered and difficult place to find someone.
As a Mormon, Victoria said, "I prayed a lot and derived comfort from it," she recounted to the press on Sunday. "I thought God would do everything possible to help me overcome my stupidity."
How did she survive? Thank goodness she brought along a poncho which turned out to be her only extra item of clothing she chose to bring along. At night she doubled it as a blanket and way to keep the wind from freezing her. She said during the day she slept in the shade, but by night she stayed wide awake.
Grover noted that although she was terribly hungry, sometimes it totally subsided and then it would come back strong. She day dreamed about her favorite food, oranges.
Besides the incredible hunger, Grover said the worst part of her ordeal was the cold. She ended up with hypothermia from nonstop shivering for days. She said, "The worst thing is the cold. It never warmed up except for a few hours in the afternoon."
As a trained medical person she knew she was in trouble her last night as that's when she stopped shivering. Grover said, "The last night I stopped shivering and that's one of the early signs of hypothermia. The last night was the worst."
She was rescued on Saturday, according to the Kennebec Journal. Authorities located her after she failed to check out of her hotel room and return her rental car.
Temps were in the 30s by night and in the 50s and 60s by day. Victoria Grover must certainly be praising God for her miraculous survival in those kinds of temps. I guess even though the devil on Hell's Backbone Road tried to take her out, God had the final word!