Updated on 2/15/2022 with this first-hand survivor's account from Lynnell herself:
This Thanksgiving our family has something to be incredibly grateful for. Thanks to monumental efforts of family, law enforcement, and countless friends and good hearted strangers our mom Lynnell was found alive after almost 5 agonizing days of searching. At times we were afraid we would be preparing for a funeral rather than rejoicing at a rescue.
Our mom Lynnell was missing for almost five days in snowy below freezing mountain conditions next to crowded I-97.
Mom had remained alert and aware for almost five days. The sound of the creek beside her kept her calm, and she listened to the heavy traffic on the nearby road. She had been praying and watching a woodpecker who stayed near her during that time.
A Silver Alert had been placed on Monday morning. Monday evening authorities canceled the alert when she was found. Her daughter and niece accompanied her to a Wenatchee hospital where she is recovering, alert, and stable. Lynnell has suffered almost five days of freezing temperatures, exposed bone breaks which the surgeons are not ready to work on until Wednesday the 25th at the earliest due to their condition, and serious dehydration issues.
We now are looking ahead at the next steps of this journey and road to recovery. The injuries my mom sustained during the accident require extended hospital stay, surgery, and months of therapy and physical therapy ahead. Her vehicle was totaled almost beyond recognition. As a family we are rallying in support in unity but all of these expenses are well beyond what can be prepared for.
We are asking for donations and support to help my mom get the care and recovery she will need. Any amount given is a blessing and something for which will be forever grateful for. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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