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A Colorado woman survived five days in the wilderness with no food or water by drinking rainwater from her hair, after crashing her vehicle.

Cynthia Blair-Hoover, 52, swerved to avoid a deer when her car ran off the road and plunged down a hillside, landing on its top. She suffered 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung among other injuries.

Armed with only a golf club, she faced the threat of wild animals, rain, freezing temps and no food, but she managed to stay alive by draining water from her hair into her mouth.

Eventually she was able to crawl 450 yards to a mine where she cried out for help and was heard.

She is recovering in a hospital in Denver.

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