Mom who drank pee to survive was hallucinating and delirious
The mom who drank her own urine to survive a dangerous 30-mile hike in Arizona said she was delirious and hallucinating before finally finding safe shelter.
Karen Klein, 46, went searching for help when a car carrying her husband and son broke down in the snow on the north end of the Grand Canyon on Thursday.
After more than a day of walking in cellphone-dead zones, Klein finally got to a cabin used to house park rangers but closed for the season.
“I broke a window and crawled into the house,” she told NBC News from her hospital bed in Utah. “And around 2:30, I heard the knocking at the door, I heard people outside and I saw all the flashlights.
“Because I was like hallucinating and delirious, like, my first thought was like, I yelled out: ‘I’m so sorry officer that I broke your window… don’t arrest me for breaking the window,’ ” she continued. “They were just like, ‘You have got to be kidding me.’ ”
She had left her 10-year-old son Isaac and husband Eric Klein, 47, behind to find help on Thursday afternoon.
When she hadn’t returned by Friday, they trekked out on their own and found a spot where cell-phone service worked and called for help.
The 5-foot-4, 104-pound Karen Klein pulled a muscle near her hip before being rescued on Saturday.
And toward the end of her journey. Klein could barely move in 10-steps intervals — often having to physically lift her legs one in front of the other.
“I was taking my pants leg and lifting it to move my leg,” she said.
The Pennsylvania woman said she kept telling herself to keep moving and stay alive for the sake of loved ones.
“I can’t leave my son without a mom,” Klein recalled telling herself. “I can’t leave my husband without a wife. I’m not letting my parents bury me.”
Klein suffered frostbite from her terrifying ordeal and will probably lose a toe or two.
“In the grand scheme of things, I keep thinking `You know what? It’s a few toes. Don’t worry about it,’ ” said Klein, who teaches biology at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem.
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