What would you do if you were stranded in the woods? Lay there crying until a bear came along and ate you? Try to find a phone signal in order to send out a series of tweets complaining about how boring the woods are? Both sound about right to me. Not Amanda Pangborn, however, whose name is a little bit on the nose considering her story. The Oroville, CA woman who is in the news this week after a trying ordeal that could’ve been a lot more tragic than it turned out.
Pangborn was traveling home from a casino on Thursday night, but soon ran out of gas and got lose in the woodsy back roads. She was forced to give birth alone in the middle of nowhere, and then… waited there for three days where she fought off swarms of bees and mosquitos.
“I was trying to get them not to sting her, but I got stung,” Pangborn said.
She survived only off a few apples and modest amounts of water.
On Saturday, three days into her ordeal, she decided to start a signal fire, hoping to attract some attention — but that didn’t go as planned.
“I think mommy just started a forest fire,” Pangborn recalled telling her daughter shortly after starting the fire.
Within hours, the fire was tracked by a U.S. Forest Service worker, and Pangborn and her daughter were found safe.
“I was just crying, and I was just so happy,” Pangborn, said. “I thought we were going to die.” KCRA
The baby is expected to be ok, and have a hell of a story to tell some day about being born.