Tuesday 27 September 2016

New Zealand runner survives on her own breast milk after veering off track in bad weather

Published 11/05/2015 | 13:12

A New Zealand woman, who veered off track during a run, revealed that she drank her own breast milk to keep her energy levels up as emergency services desperately tried to locate her.

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Susan O’Brien took a wrong turn during her 12.5 mile run near Wellington on Sunday night and ended up lost in the depths of the forest during a night of high winds and rain.

The seasoned runner (29) dug a hole and buried herself in soil as the rain poured down and drank her breast milk to boost her energy levels.

She was eventually rescued by a helicopter fitted with heat-detecting sensors this morning.

“I just kept chucking dirt on top of me and every time I heard something I’d just scream ‘help’”

“One thing that helped me, I’m breastfeeding my baby, so I had a bit of my milk because I thought that would help me keep going for energy,” she said.

Susan O'Brien was lost after veering off track during a run.
Susan O'Brien was lost after veering off track during a run.

Susan was reunited with her husband Daniel, son Jayden (2) and eight-month-old Meisha.

“I just kept chucking dirt on top of me and every time I heard something I’d just scream ‘help’,’ she told reporters.

‘One thing that helped me, I’m breastfeeding my baby, so I had a bit of my milk because I thought that would help me keep going for energy.’

Her family said in a statement: “As a family we are extremely relieved and thankful that Susan has been found safe and well.

“Susan will be having some much-needed rest over the next couple of days.”

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