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Utah hiker survives hours in near-freezing temperatures

January 10, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A hiker broke both of her legs after falling in a remote area of Utah, and then survived for hours in near-freezing temperatures.

Kelley Healy got separated from her husband in the Lake Powell area of southern Utah. She fell about 50-feet down a rocky canyon breaking both her legs, fracturing her skull, pelvis and hand.

Her husband Todd left to get help since she couldn't move. He drove for miles to find cell phone reception.

Eleven hours after she fell, a rescue helicopter arrived.

"There was no other experience in my life that I can compare that to is that helicopter coming to take her to where she was going to be better," said Healy's husband Todd.

Healy lost several toes and is expected to endure months of physical therapy, but she said she's grateful to be alive.