After being stranded in the wilderness for more than a week, three members of an California family are doing remarkably well.
Kati Kim, her 4-year-old daughter, Penelope, and her 7-month-old daughter, Sabine, should soon be released from Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass, Ore.
But their ordeal isn't over. A search continues for Kati's husband, James Kim, who left his family two days ago to look for help.
On Monday afternoon, rescuers found three members of the Kim family on a rugged, snow-filled road where their Saab station wagon had been stuck for more than a week.
On "Good Morning America," Sandy Fleming, Kati's mother, said she had spoken to her daughter after her rescue.
"She was just so happy the girls were OK and that they had been found," Fleming said.
To help the family cope, James made the ordeal seem like a camping trip.
"James set up camp for them, just like it was a camping trip for them, to help them get through it. They had the store of things that they would normally have for the girls. … Bottled water, blankets," Fleming said.
The Rescue and the Wrong Turn
On Monday, a helicopter search crew hired by the Kims' friends and family spotted Kati outside her car frantically waving an umbrella with SOS written on it to get its attention.
"They had minor provisions in the car. They ran out of gas. They were running the car during the day and at night to keep warm," said Brian Anderson of the Josephine County Sheriff's Department.
When the gas ran out, the family began burning the car's tires to keep warm. They survived on baby food and berries. Kati breast-fed both children to keep them alive.
The family's Thanksgiving road trip turned into a fight for survival when a wrong turn sent them down a rural mountain road.
There was no cell phone service, but the family's phone sent out a pair of "pings," or brief signals, to a nearby cell tower, transmitting enough information to narrow the search to a remote part of southern Oregon.
James Kim Didn't Follow Plan
Now, investigators are concentrating on the search for James, the well-known technology writer for CNET Networks in San Francisco, who set out on foot in freezing temperatures in a last-ditch effort to find help.
"They did well for nine days, and we're going to be out there looking for Mr. Kim," Anderson said.
Fleming said her daughter was worried about her husband.
"Her concern was again, she said, 'Mom, James left. He left two days ago. We had a plan. He set off at 7:45 in the morning, and he would turn around at 1 in the afternoon if he didn't find the road. But he didn't come back."
Rescuers are tracking James' footprints through the snow, and they've deployed a helicopter that may be able to zero in on him through his body heat.
He's reportedly only wearing jeans, a sweater and light jacket, although according to some reports he may have fashioned his own snowshoes. Overnight temperatures in the region have been in the mid-20s to mid 30s.