Date
28 May 2017
Susan O'Brien (right) is reunited with a family member after her rescue. She was missing for 24 hours after going off course during a trail run. Photo: The Telegraph
Susan O'Brien (right) is reunited with a family member after her rescue. She was missing for 24 hours after going off course during a trail run. Photo: The Telegraph

Lost NZ mom drinks own breast milk to keep going

A New Zealand woman drank her own breast milk and covered herself in dirt to survive after being lost for 24 hours in a forest east of the capital Wellington.

Susan O’Brien, 29, wandered off course during a trail run through Rimutaka forest park, BBC News reported Tuesday.

Authorities launched a search when she failed to reach the finish line the next morning.

O’Brien, a mother of two, was airlifted out of the forest and was reunited with her family.

The first thing she did was feed her eight-month-old daughter, according to the Dominion Post.

“I definitely thought I was going to die,” she told reporters. 

“I’m breast-feeding my baby so I had a bit of my milk, which I thought, that should help me keep going.”

She also had two liters of water with her, gel packs and an energy bar, Radio New Zealand reported.

The fitness trainer said she got very cold and wet as night descended.

She dug a hole in the forest floor and lay in it covered with dirt to keep warm overnight.

“I just kept chucking dirt on myself and every time I heard something I kept screaming ‘help’.”

The ordeal has not discouraged her from trail running, she said.

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