John Sain is reunited with his family after he was forced to crawl through the wilderness with a broken leg.
A hunter stranded in the wilderness with a badly broken leg was about
to kill himself but instead found the strength to crawl for four days
John Sain, 50, said love for his wife and two kids kept him going through the horrific ordeal.
“The main reason I fought to get out was for my family and by the grace of God,” Sain told local paper, the Press-Enterprise. “That was the fuel that got me out of there.”
Sain, a lifelong hunter from Montana, had gone bow hunting alone in the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho.
tracking an elk deep into the woods his foot slipped between two logs,
snapping both bones of his right leg and leaving his foot pointing “up
to my ribcage”.
In agony, miles from help and with no phone reception, Sain said he “contemplated just ending it right there honestly”.
He was so sure he was going to die that he wrote goodbye
letters to his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Brooke and Cole.
Then, after making a splint for his leg using torn cloth and sticks, he
began to crawl out of the wilderness.
Carrying a small amount of
food, a water purifier and a small survival kit he dragged himself along
the forest floor, making a fire for warmth each night.
After four days and suffering severe dehydration Sain had given up hope. “I was done,” he said.
John Sain was forced to crawl through the wilderness with a broken leg. Photo / Facebook
But that afternoon motorcyclists on a trail discovered him.
A clearing was cut in the forest and he was airlifted to hospital.
“He’s hanging in there,” said Jennifer Sain. “The hardest part is seeing him struggle. He’s trying to get back to normal.”