A Texas woman’s pond water survival method kept her alive for days following a horrific car crash.
According to Fox News, Wanda Mobley, 75, was driving down a remote highway when she swerved to avoid hitting something in the road. As she swerved, she lost control of the vehicle, sending it crashing into a ravine in North Texas.
The elderly woman couldn’t walk, but managed to pull herself out of the broken car window. She then survived the next two days by dipping her t-shirt into a nearby pond to get water, and drinking a soda she had left in her vehicle.
On Tuesday, Mobley spoke to reporters, recalling the occasional passing vehicle she would hear go by on Highway 183. However, because she was too weak and scared to crawl through the brush, the people passing by never heard her cries for help. With temperatures reaching the 90s during the day, and plummeting to the 70s at night, Mobley was determined to survive, and kept herself hydrated by drinking the water out of the pond.
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“From where the road was, nobody could see the car,” Mobley told the Associated Press during a phone interview. “The windshield was cracked big time, but none of it [the glass] was out. I pulled the rearview mirror off the windshield, pulled big holes in it until I could get out.”
Wanda said the crash occurred on Friday as she was driving three hours into a 300-mile road trip to attend a family reunion in McAlester, Oklahoma. When she didn’t arrive as scheduled, her family reported her missing. It wasn’t until Sunday that Mobley’s cell phone sent off a signal, leading her family to search for her in Seymour, a Texas city approximately 140 miles north Brownwood, her home town.
“When I landed down there Friday, when I finally settled down there a little bit, I told the Lord, ‘If you want me to die take me now, don’t make me suffer,'” Mobley said. “I knew I was going to be rescued. I just never even thought of anything else.”
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Mobley fractured her back during the accident, and was taken to the United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls after she was found. On Tuesday, Kim Maddin, the hospital’s spokeswoman, said Wanda was doing well.
“I’m feeling better,” Mobley said. “Whenever they found me, I was pretty weak.”
Wesley Finley, who is married to one of Mobley’s granddaughters, said he saw a road sign knocked over, and proceeded to search that area.
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“I went back to where I knew that sign was knocked out. Got out, went and looked and saw the car parts, the bumper, the horn, the mirrors,” Finley said. “So I go back to my car, drive down the highway to where I could see down the ravine.”
“When I seen her, I hollered at her — and she answered me,” he recalled.
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