Okla. woman survives 8 days trapped in car

MUSKOGEE, OK (CNN) -- We're hearing from the Oklahoma woman who was missing for more than a week; she was found in her car, in a ditch.

In the middle of running errands kay spring became disoriented. She ended up along the Arkansas River below Highway 62 with her car stuck in the mud, and her only way out was up steep embankments. There was just no way she could have climbed out. She said, "People ask me if I was afraid. Well I didn't have the brain capacity to be afraid."

After Springer was rescued doctors were able to figure out why she'd gotten so lost. She was once again fighting cancer. She said, "The tumor came back and swelled up and just knocked me out."

But her rescue came after eight long days without much food and no water, and her inhaler had run out the first day. Springer hallucinated, she thought she saw movie stars, rescue workers and her own children. She said, "I begged and I pleaded for someone to help me and no one would."

The days dragged on, and springer drifted in and out of a present state of mind. Even when she understood her situation, her COPD prevented her from getting to help. She said, "I could see the exit. I could see the road. I could see the trucks going by."

She knew she needed to find a way to get water. Springer still had the shopping bags from the errands she'd run; they made perfect rain catchers.

Finally, early on the eighth day, a fisherman saw kay from the river. She said, "And I thought OK, is this guy real? Is he my miracle?"

He was her miracle, and Springer got to go home to her family. She said, "I was not going to die down there. I'd have sat there forever. I was not going to die."

Springer had the tumor removed in the last few weeks. Doctors were able to get all of it, now she's getting radiation and spending time at home with her four grandchildren.


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