Transcript for Hiker found after 2 weeks lost in a Hawaiian forest speaks out
Now to that incredible story of survival. New details this morning about the hiker who disappeared for more than two weeks in the hawaiian wilderness. ABC's Marcus Moore is in maui. Marcus, what have we learned? Reporter: We are just outside maui memorial hospital where Amanda Eller has been recovering from her injuries that she suffered during this two-week long ordeal that had so many worried about her, some even fearing the worst. This morning, speaking from her hospital bed we are learning new details about Amanda Eller's extraordinary will to survive. These photos showing the moment after she was rescued from a dense and rugged hawaiian forest. It did come down to life and death and I had to choose, and I chose life. Reporter: The 35-year-old yoga instructor living on berries, plants, and guavas for 17 days as she meandered through unfamiliar and unforgiving terrain. The last 17 days of my life has been the toughest of my life. Reporter: Amanda at one point braving a flash flood and finding shelter in a cave, according to her mother. She spent the night in that cave which water was coming into, about a foot of water. There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up. Reporter: "The New York Times" reporting Amanda fell 20 feet from a cliff, fracturing her leg, adding that she spent one night in the den of a wild boar, the cruel consequence of regular walk. She sat down and rested on a fallen log, rested and took a little nap and when she got up she was disoriented and followed her instincts trying to get back to her car. Reporter: Her suffering coming to an end thanks to a volunteer search and rescue effort led by strangers dubbed Amanda's angels. She was wedged between two waterfalls in the forest and this is video of the moving moment she is finally lifted to safety. And there she goes! This is just like a tiny little blip of my story and my life and it serves a much, much bigger purpose. Marcus, this was a real community effort in finding Amanda. Her family and friends creating their own search party after authorities called off the official search. Who paid for all of this? Reporter: Yeah, Eva, it really is remarkable. The community paid for this. They raised thousands of dollars. In fact, that's how they were actually able to get a helicopter to continue the search for Amanda, ultimately finding her in that ravine. Just remarkable. It's an example of how a community coming together can truly have a positive impact in these situations. Meantime, Amanda, as she continues her recovery, she could be released from maui memorial at any moment now, and that is good news for her and so many others here. Whit? Marcus, thank you so much.
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