Woman lost in wilderness survives by drinking her own breast milkBy Mason White 9:18 AM May 12, 2015
|Susan O’Brien (left) before the race|
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A woman is grateful to be alive and said that she survived by drinking her own breast milk.
29-year-old Susan O’Brien of New Zealand, said that her breast milk saved her when she was trapped in the wilderness.
O’Brien was brought to tears in an emotional reunion with her family and her baby after being rescued by helicopter.
The 29-year-old athlete was competing in a 12-mile trail run in the Orongorongo Valley near Wellington, when she got lost.
O’Brien, who has an 8-month-old daughter, said that she survived the night in Bushlands, by covering herself in dirt and drinking her own breast milk.
O’Brien was with a group of people when she got separated and lost her way.
O’Brien said that she was afraid that she was not going to make it out alive. However, she then decided to drink her own breast milk.
“I’m breastfeeding my baby, so I had a bit of my milk, which I thought should keep me going for energy,” she said.
O’Brien was found almost 24 hours after she was first reported missing. She was found about two miles off course.