As Dan Anderson hurtled towards the ground, he remembers thinking it was farther than he expected.
The B.C. man dragged his body through the wilderness for three days in July after he fell 50 feet from a tree and broke his back. He told Black Press Media that when he came to after his fall, he had no idea how long he had been unconscious.
He couldn’t move his legs and figured he had broken his back. Anderson screamed for help until he couldn’t any more. He was in a densely wooded area of forest west of Abbotsford, B.C., and it seemed no one had heard him.
Anderson passed out that day and woke up the next morning very thirsty. He managed to pull himself to some leaves nearby that had some dew on them he could lick.
Over the next few days Anderson pulled himself through a swamp and up a ridge, towards the closest road. Eventually someone heard his cries for help and called 911.
After a two-hour search, responding officers found Anderson and he was taken to the hospital, where doctors told him he had a 20 per cent chance of ever walking again.
Just a couple months later, he’s back on his feet with the help of a cane.
“I have more of a drive for life. I want to live now. I’ve no ambitions to harming myself ever again,” he told Black Press Media.
“Life is a beautiful disaster, and you have to take the good with the bad. If you’re in a bad moment, just know you’re going to get through it. Crawl if you have to.”