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MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Kay Springer, 62, disappeared in June and was found trapped in her car after eight days in a ditch in Muskogee.
She talked to FOX23 Thursday about her experience and how she survived.
Springer became disoriented in the middle of running errands. She ended up along the Arkansas River below Highway 62. Her car was stuck in the mud and the only way out was up steep embankments. There was no way she’d be able to climb out.
“People ask me if I was afraid. Well, I didn’t have the brain capacity to be afraid,” Springer said.
After Springer was rescued, doctors were able to figure out why she’d gotten lost. She was once again fighting cancer.
“The tumor came back and swelled up and just knocked me out,” Springer said.
Her rescue came after eight long days without much food and or water. Her inhaler also ran out on the first day. She said she hallucinated and saw movie stars, rescue workers and her own children.
“I begged and I pleaded for someone to help me and no one would,” Springer said.
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.
“I could see the exit. I could see the road. I could see the trucks going by,” Springer said.
She knew she needed to find a way to get water. Springer had the shopping bags from the errands she’d run.
They made perfect rain catchers.
“I’d tie them up and hang them on the car doors,” Springer said.
Finally a fisherman saw Springer from the river.
“And I thought OK, is this guy real? Is he my miracle?” Springer said.
He was her miracle and Springer got to go home to her family.
“I was not going to die down there. I’d have sat there forever. I was not going to die,” Springer said.
Springer had the tumor removed in the last few weeks. Doctors were able to get all of it and now she’s getting radiation and spending time at home with her four grandchildren.