The parents of a Colorado woman rescued after being trapped in her wrecked car for six days are grateful for a pair of good Samaritans who found her before it was too late.
Colorado mom Kristin Hopkins was able to make it to her 44th birthday on Wednesday thanks to rescue workers and a good Samaritan named Andy Lombard, who spotted her destroyed Chevrolet Malibu down an embankment. Lombard was driving with his wife on Sunday when he spotted the crash scene, where Hopkins, a single mother of four, had been trapped since going missing on April 27. He saw a body inside the car and immediately called the police.
"We saw them on TV tonight and my heart just palpitated that I can tell him, 'Thank you for saving my baby,''' Hopkins' mother, Connie Morgan, told TODAY Wednesday about Lombard and his wife.
"I'm going to hug him,'' Glen Morgan, Hopkins' father, told TODAY.
Due to the severity of her injuries, doctors had to amputate both of her feet, but she is alive after going six days without food or water while badly injured. She scrawled a note on an open umbrella propped up against the car that read in part, "Please help. Can't get doors open. Need doctor. Hurt and bleeding."
"What went through our minds when they said, 'Somebody's found a car with a body in it,' we're thinking we're doing a recovery not a rescue," Fairplay Police Chief David Gottschalk told TODAY. "This is one of the most miraculous things I've seen in the time that I've been doing this."
"She had a plan, and that plan basically was, 'I've got to stay alive, and how do I do that?''' Glen Morgan said.
The family has set up a fund to raise money for Hopkins' recovery. Get more information on how to help.