Teen Survives for Eight Days in Car
Seattle, WA - A 17-year-old girl who survived eight days after her car crashed and tumbled 200 feet down a ravine may have been saved by her own dehydration, which prevented the expansion of a blood clot in her brain, doctors said.
Laura Hatch's family had almost given her up for dead, and sheriff's deputies had all but written her off as a runaway. Then she was found, badly hurt and severely dehydrated, but alive and conscious, in the back seat of her crumpled Toyota Camry.
A volunteer searcher who said she had had several vivid dreams of a wooded area found the wrecked car in the trees Sunday.
"It's an extraordinary tale of survival," said King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart.