Woman stuck in Sierra Snow facing 75% emotional recovery 25% physical recovery
A Gardnerville woman who survived for six days by eating snow and tomatoes while stranded in the Sierra is doing well at a Carson City hospital, officials said Thursday.
“She got very lucky,” said Carson Tahoe Health physician, Vijay Maiya, said of Paula Lane, 46. “She is medically stable and recovering nicely.”
About 25 percent of Lane's recovery is physical and about 75 percent is mental, Maiya said in a statement from Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital.
They hope to keep Lane in the hospital through the weekend. She suffered frostbite and malnourishment.
Linda Hathaway, Lane's sister, said word Lane was still alive was a miracle.
“It was a rough haul waiting all those days and it’s so hard to explain when you sit at home as a family member waiting to hear news if they are gone, “ Hathaway said.
She attributed Lane's survival to her tenacious character and love of her twin 11-year-old boys.
“I tell you, my sister may be little, but she is mighty and she’s a survivor and loves life,” Hathaway said.
Lane was found Wednesday near California 88 in Alpine County. She and Roderick Clifton, 44, left Nov. 29 from Citrus Heights near Sacramento to go back to Gardnerville when they got stuck in the snow. Clifton did not survive.