Amanda Eller has been found alive after vanishing in the deep forests of Hawaii for 17 days.
For the past weeks, family, friends, and a large group of rescuers have been searching for Eller who disappeared in the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui on May 8 after going for a hike.
Eller was malnourished with a broken leg, injured knee, sunburns, and scrapes.
Talking to local reporters from the Maui Memorial Medical Center, the grateful physical therapist and yoga instructor said: "I wanted to give up. But the only option I had was life or death."
Eller explained that she had plans to go on a short trail walk when things took a wrong turn.
She added: "I wanted to go back the way I'd come, but my gut was leading me another way — and I have a very strong gut instinct. So, I said, my car is this way, and I'm just going to keep going until I reach it."
Eller went on to talk about that she heard a voice that gave her the strength and determination that she needed to survive.
Eller told reporters: "I heard this voice that said, 'If you want to live, keep going.' And as soon as I would doubt my intuition and try to go another way than where it was telling me, something would stop me, a branch would fall on me, I'd stub my toe, or I'd trip. So I was like, 'O.K., there is only one way to go.'"
Wearing a simple tank top and capri yoga pants, Eller had to survive the cold and the rain and a flood.
The situation took a drastic turn after she fell 20 feet off a cliff and injured her leg and knee. To stay alive, Eller said she slept in leaves and mud ate wild fruits.
Eller shared: "I was getting so skinny that I was really starting to doubt if I could survive."
Eller's mother, Julia, who was delighted that her daughter had been rescued, said miracles do happen and added: "I felt in my heart that my daughter was alive and I could not give up hope — but I am human, and I had those moments of despair, it was hard going out there every day."
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