MUSKOGEE, Okla. (KOKI) – An Oklahoma woman was reported missing before being found in her car in a ditch.
In the middle of running errands, Kay Springer became disoriented.
She ended up along the Arkansas River, below Hwy 62, with her car stuck in the mud.
Her only way out was past steep embankments.
“People ask me if I was afraid. Well, I didn’t have the brain capacity to be afraid,” said Springer.
After Springer was rescued, doctors were able to figure out why she’d gotten so lost.
She was once again fighting cancer.
“The tumor came back and swelled up and just knocked me out,” Springer said.
Her rescue came after eight long days without much food and no water.
Her inhaler had run out the first day and Springer began hallucinating.
She thought she saw movie stars, rescue workers and her own children.
“I begged and I pleaded for someone to help me and no one would,” she told KOKI.
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. I could see the road. I could see the trucks going by,” she said.
She knew she needed to find a way to get water.
Springer says she used shopping bags from the errands she’d run as rain catchers.
“And then I’d tie them up and hang them on the car doors,” she said.
On the eighth day, a fisherman saw Kay from the river.
“And I thought,’Okay, is this guy real? Is he my miracle?”
Springer says that when she learned she was going to see her family again.
“I was not going to die down there. I’d have sat there forever. I was not going to die,” she said.
Springer underwent surgery and had the tumor removed.
Doctors removed it all and now she is undergoing radiation.