Family thanks car crash rescuers
Family of a Colorado woman who was stranded for days after her car hurtled off a mountain pass praise rescuers but confirm she will lose both her feet as a result of the injuries she suffered.PT1M30S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-37w5i 620 349 May 6, 2014
Denver: A missing Denver-area woman found alive in a wrecked car on Sunday after almost a week with no food or water had to have her feet amputated, her family said in a statement on Monday.
Kristin Hopkins, a 43-year-old single mother of four from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was in a critical but stable condition at a hospital in Lakewood, Colorado on Monday night.
Ms Hopkins was reported missing on April 29 and was found inside her wrecked Chevrolet Malibu at the bottom of an embankment off a highway in Park County, Colorado, on Sunday afternoon.
Kristin Hopkins' car is seen after she drove off the roadway in Colorado. Photo: AP
Her car, turned upside-down, was spotted by a passerby who had stopped to view scenery and noticed a glint of metal and what looked like a body, authorities said.
When emergency responders arrived, they found Ms Hopkins alive. The vehicle had been propelled 36 metres off the highway and rolled another 60 metres into an aspen grove.
"The crash alone would have taken its toll on her," Colorado State Trooper Dean Enright said.
Kristin Hopkins Photo: AP
"It's surprising that she survived the crash at all, and then to be down there for that amount of days without food or water ... "
On Monday, the family released a statement at the hospital thanking emergency responders and to the man who found her and notified authorities.
"We sincerely appreciate all the thoughts, prayers and kind gestures from the community during such a trying time for our family," the statement read. "While we're hopeful of her prognosis, Kristin was seriously injured and with multiple internal and external injuries. Later this afternoon Kristin will be undergoing surgery here to amputate both of her feet. Doctors were not able to save her feet due to the severity of those injuries. Kristin is in critical but stable condition at this time and has a very long road ahead."
Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said he believed the crash happened several days ago, and that Ms Hopkins had been without food or water since.
In the statement, family members mentioned Ms Hopkins wrote pleas for help on an umbrella reportedly found at the scene. "We cannot comment on that right now because we have not seen the umbrella."
Family members also asked that the public respect their privacy.