Oklahoma woman survives eight days trapped in car

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –An Oklahoma woman who was missing for more than a week was found in her car, which got stuck in a ditch.

While running errands, Kay Springer became disoriented. She ended up along the Arkansas River below Highway 62, with her car stuck in the mud and her only way out was climbing steep embankments. There was no way she could have climbed out.

“People ask me if I was afraid,” Springer said. “Well I didn’t have the brain capacity to be afraid.”

After she was rescued, doctors were able to figure out why she had gotten so lost. She was once again fighting cancer.

“The tumor came back and swelled up and just knocked me out,” she said.

But Springer’s rescue came after eight days without much food and no water. And her inhaler had run out the first day. Spring hallucinated. She thought she saw movie stars, rescue workers and her children.

“I begged and I pleaded for someone to help me and no one would,” Springer said.

The days dragged on and Springer drifted in and out of a present state of mind. Even when she understood her situation, her COPD prevented her from getting to help.

“I could see the exit,” Springer said. “I could see the road. I could see the trucks going by.”

She knew she needed to find a way to get water. Springer still had the sopping bags from the errands she had run. They made perfect rain catchers.

“And then I’d tie them up and hang them on the car doors,” she said.

Finally, early on the eighth day, a fisherman saw Springer from the river.

“And I thought, OK, is this guy real? Is he my miracle?” Springer said.

He was, and Springer got to go home to her family.

“I was not going to die down there,” she said. “I’d have sat there forever. I was not going to die.”

Springer had the tumor removed in the past few weeks. Doctors were able to get all of it. Now she’s getting radiation and spending time at home with her four grandchildren.