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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 September 2007, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
US woman survives canyon ordeal
Mrs Anderson being carried out of canyon by a rescue team
Mrs Anderson had to be carried out of the canyon by a rescue team

A 76-year-old woman who had been given up for dead after being lost in the Oregon mountains for two weeks has been found alive and well.

Doris Anderson was on an elk hunting trip with her husband Harold when their truck broke down on 24 August.

Though miles from civilisation, the pair tried to walk to safety, but became separated in the woods.

Mrs Anderson's family had even begun planning her memorial service when she was found by police, reports say.

Rescuers had searched the region just south of the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area before but two officers from Baker County Sheriff's department had returned in the hope of finding some trace.

I thought that she was more fragile than that and she's proved me wrong and I'm glad
Mrs Anderson's daughter Barbara
They were alerted to some activity by the sound of ravens in a deep canyon, and when they followed the noise they came across Mrs Anderson, who had suffered a hip injury, but was conscious and alert.

"They actually could hear her talking to herself at the time which drew their attention to her and happened to walk right up on her as she was laying beside a creek," Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick said.

She was dehydrated, but had sustained herself with water from the creek.

Family joy

Mrs Anderson was dressed lightly, but managed to survive night-time temperatures of nearly 0C with just a touch of frostbite on her toes, which will not require surgery.

Doctors treating Mrs Anderson at St Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City say she is remarkably well considering her ordeal.

"They said that they've had people that have fallen between the bed and the wall that are younger that have had more severe injuries, I mean they've been in worse condition than what she is so they're really astounded, we all are" Mrs Anderson's daughter Barbara Moore told the Associated Press.

"My mom is much stronger than I ever knew that she was, I thought that she was more fragile than that and she's proved me wrong and I'm glad," she added.

Equally delighted is Mrs Anderson's husband Harold who had carried on looking for help when his wife had become exhausted and decided to try to return to their vehicle.

A disorientated Mr Anderson was later picked up by another hunting group, but they failed to find his wife.

"I thought my wife was dead," Mr Anderson said of the news that his wife was alive. "It's a living miracle, it has to be."

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