A survival story. A california man fell into a 40-foot crevasse, break his back, but made it out alive. I'm still alive. Oh! Reporter: It's a haunting videoas this injured, desperate man says good-bye... See More
A survival story. A california man fell into a 40-foot crevasse, break his back, but made it out alive. I'm still alive. Oh! Reporter: It's a haunting videoas this injured, desperate man says good-bye to his family. You guys, if I don't make it out. I love you. I'm not kidding, this is no joke. Reporter: After plunging 40 feet into a crevasse, ted porter crushed his vertebrae and barack chured his back. My first thought was, I'm going the die. Reporter: The experienced 36-year-old hiker was on a trip with his family. He decided to try the glacier alone. I fell. I saw a huge crevasse open up in front of me. I hoped my eyes, I was at the bottom. Reporter: He records his final message to his parents. It's tough. I didn't think I was going to get out. Soy said good-bye to my parents. Reporter: The thought of never seeing his family again motivate him to fight through his pain and claw his way out. My back was terribly broken. Um -- but, you know, seriously, I had people I wanted to see again. For real. I wanted to see my family. Reporter: Once he makes to it the surface, he props himself on his axe, pain ply hiking for three miles before finding a group of campers who saved his life. I had never met them before. And, you know, it's cool when people decide to help you like that. Reporter: Doctors say the injury was 2 millimeter from causing partial paralysis. After spinal surgery, he's on his way to a full recovery and planning on hiking again. For "good morning america," john muller, abc news, new york.
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