Runner lost in wilderness drinks own breast milk to survive

Runner lost in wilderness drinks own breast milk to survive

A woman has described how she survived a night in the New Zealand wilderness by drinking her own breast milk and covering herself in dirt.

Susan O’Brien was taking part in a 12.5-mile cross-country race near Wellington when she took a wrong turn and became disorientated.

The 29-year-old said she thought she was going to die during a night of heavy rain and high winds.

She spent the night praying and was forced to dig a hole in the ground to stay warm.

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Speaking after a helicopter with heat-seeking equipment tracked her down, the 29-year-old-said: “I just kept chucking dirt on top of me and every time I heard something I’d just scream ‘help’.

“One thing that helped me, I’m breastfeeding my baby, so I had a bit of my milk because I thought that would help me keep going for energy.”

Mrs O’Brien was found 2.5km from the race course in the hills near Wainuiomata.

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