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Woman In Crashed Car Wrote Notes On Umbrella
A woman has survived several days trapped in her wrecked car with no food or water, during which she wrote pleas for help on an umbrella she pushed out of the car window.
Kristin Hopkins, a 43-year-old single mother of four, will lose both her feet as a result of the injuries she suffered, her family said.
She was reported missing in Colorado on April 29 but was last seen two days earlier.
She was found on Sunday, May 4, by a group of people who spotted a wrecked vehicle at the bottom of an embankment off a highway in Park County, near Denver.
Ms Hopkins' 2009 Chevrolet Malibu hit a number of trees and rolled several times down the steep embankment before coming to rest upside down in a grove of aspen trees.
While trapped, she wrote notes on a red-and-white umbrella hoping to attract the attention of drivers on the scenic highway above.
"She wrote a few notes. One said, 'Please help, am bleeding' and another said, 'Six days with no food or water,'" said firefighter Jim Cravener, who found her.
Ms Hopkins was entered into a police database as a missing person but since she is an adult and there were no indications of foul play, there was no active search for her.
The firefighters who first responded initially thought they were on a recovery mission.
When they arrived at the vehicle, Mr Cravener asked a colleague to break a window and feel for a pulse.
"He started to break the window and she put her hand up to the window," he said.
"At that point, it became a rescue.
"For her to have that will to survive - it's amazing."
The Colorado State Patrol said she was conscious and coherent but extremely dehydrated.
Ms Hopkins was flown by helicopter to St Anthony Hospital in suburban Denver, where she was reported in a critical but stable condition.
Her family thanked the people who found her and emergency responders.
"We sincerely appreciate all the thoughts, prayers and kind gestures from the community during such a trying time for our family," the family said in a statement.