Nurse survives 5 days trapped in overturned car in freezing weather

Seattle nurse, 68, survived FIVE DAYS in freezing temperatures by drinking rainwater that dripped onto plastic bags through smashed windows after she skidded into a ravine and got trapped in her flipped car

  • Lynnell McFarland, a retired Washington state nurse, was rescued on November 24, five days after getting into an accident near Spokane
  • McFarland was driving home when her sedan slid on black ice, overturned and landed in a ravine
  • McFarland suffered fractures in her knee and arm, and landed upside-down in the back seat, unable to reach her phone or bottles of water in the front
  • Former nurse used clothes and plastic bags to stay warm, and drank rainwater to keep herself hydrated until help arrived
  • A retired nurse from Lo stato di Washington is sharing her incredible tale of survival after spending five days trapped inside her wrecked car at the bottom of a ravine, where she drank rainwater to stay hydrated and prayed for deliverance.

    Lynnell McFarland, 68, from Spokane Valley, was returning home from a relative’s memorial service on November 18 when her 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse slid on some black ice, overturned and landed in a ditch 100 feet from Highway 97 near Blewett Pass.

    The impact fractured McFarland’s arm and knee, and sent her flying to the back of the car after she freed herself from her seat belt.

    Parlando con The Spokesman-Review settimane dopo, McFarland explained that she had her cellphone, winter boots and bottles of water on the front floorboard, but they were all out of her reach because of her injuries and her upside-down position.

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    Lynnell McFarland, a retired Washington state nurse, was rescued on November 24, five days after getting into a terrible accident near Spokane

    Lynnell McFarland, a retired Washington state nurse, was rescued on November 24, five days after getting into a terrible accident near Spokane

    McFarland was driving home when her Mitsubishi Eclipse (nella foto) slid on black ice, overturned and landed in a ravine near Blewett Pass

    McFarland was driving home when her Mitsubishi Eclipse (nella foto) slid on black ice, overturned and landed in a ravine near Blewett Pass

    The woman’s daughter, Amanda McFarland, reported her mother missing the next day after hearing from neighbors that she never made it home, and being unable to reach her by phone. She then went out looking for her mother herself.

    Lynnell McFarland said later that day, she spotted a police officer and hunters in the area, but they did not see her car through the trees, nor hear her desperate cries for help.

    ‘Mom had remained alert and aware for almost five days,’ suo figlio, J James McFarland, wrote in the description of a GoFundMe campaign. ‘The sound of the creek beside her kept her calm, and she listened to the heavy traffic on the nearby road. She had been praying and watching a woodpecker who stayed near her during that time.

    McFarland suffered fractures in her knee and arm, and landed upside-down in the backseat

    McFarland suffered fractures in her knee and arm, and landed upside-down in the backseat

    The woman had her phone, winter boots and bottles of water on the front floorboard, but she could not reach any of the supplies

    The woman had her phone, winter boots and bottles of water on the front floorboard, but she could not reach any of the supplies

    As time passed, the injured nurse used her medical training to bandage her wounds, and made a shelter for herself in the backseat out of some clothes, blankets and plastic bags to stay warm against the freezing temperatures and falling snow, segnalato KHQ.

    McFarland's daughter reported the woman missing the next day and went out looking for her

    McFarland’s daughter reported the woman missing the next day and went out looking for her

    ‘She understood the extent of her wounds,’ Amanda McFarland told KHQ all'inizio di questo mese. ‘She understood how long her body could survive. And she understood what she needed to do to keep her body warm.

    On the fifth day of her harrowing ordeal. McFarland said she felt tired but could feel her late parentsarms around her, and she sent up a prayer.

    ‘I just said, “Dear God, I know I’m going to die someday, but please don’t let it be in this dark, deep ravine, where I’m never found,”‘ ha detto al giornale.

    Di 30 minuti più tardi, a state Department of Transportation crew spotted her mangled car.

    Chelan County first responders found McFarland injured but conscious and with signs of hypothermia, and they extricated her from her sedan.

    On the fifth day, state Department of Transportation workers spotted McFarland's wrecked car in the ravine and summoned firefighters

    McFarland is pictured being hoisted over the ravine

    On the fifth day, state Department of Transportation workers spotted McFarland’s wrecked car in the ravine and summoned firefighters

    The 68-year-old crash survivor was extricated from her mangled car

    The 68-year-old crash survivor was extricated from her mangled car

    McFarland was extremely dehydrated and required three surgeries to repair her fractured bones, followed by weeks of rehabilitation

    McFarland was extremely dehydrated and required three surgeries to repair her fractured bones, followed by weeks of rehabilitation

    Amanda McFarland was there as rescuers worked to free her mother from the car.

    She said she could hear her daughter crying and called out that she was fine.

    The retired nurse said she was desperately thirsty and consumed three pitchers of ice water as soon as she was brought to a hospital in Wenatchee.

    After three surgeries and weeks of treatment, the 68-year-old survivor was discharged from the hospital in time to spend Christmas Day with her daughter.

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