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Ravine survivor upgraded to fair condition

October 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man who survived six days inside his wrecked car at the bottom of a ravine in the Angeles National Forest was listed in fair condition Thursday.

David Lavau, 68, remains hospitalized at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Santa Clarita since he was found a week ago.

The hospital says Lavau's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.

He underwent shoulder surgery last weekend.

Family members located Lavau using his cellphone signal.

He says he survived by drinking water from a creek and eating bugs and leaves.

An 88-year-old man, whose car went off the road in the same area two weeks before, was killed. His body wasn't located until Lavau was found.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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