Mother Drinks Her Own Urine to Survive 30-Hour Hike in Order to Save Husband and Child

Mother Drinks Her Own Urine to Survive 30-Hour Hike in Order to Save Husband and Child

If this isn’t the definition of a wife and mother’s love I don’t know what is…

Would you drink your own urine and eat tree branches to survive a deadly snow storm?

That’s what one Utah woman did after a trip to the northern rim of the Grand Canyon took a turn for the worst.

And it was all in the name of family!

Karen Klein, 46, a wife to husband Eric and mother to 10-year-old son Isaac set off on what turned out to be a 30 hour hike in freezing temperatures and 3 feet of snow last Thursday after the family’s car skid off the road into a ditch due to grave weather conditions.

According to the Daily Mail, it was then that Klein decided to walk to the main road about 10 miles away in search of help while her son and husband stayed in the car.

During the hike, Klein, who has received wilderness survival training, started experiencing hallucinations and chose to drink her own urine as well as eat pine trees as a means to survive. While on her passage to get help she stumbled upon a cabin some 30 odd miles away, broke a window to get in, and passed out inside before being rescued six hours later and taken to the hospital.

Karen’s husband, who was asleep inside the car with their son at the time, was later able to hike to higher ground to get cell phone service and call for help. When speaking of his wife after the rescue the 47-year-old father said that Klein is not only a community college professor, but also a marathon runner and triathlete who’s in ‘really good shape’ and was the best person, according to the family, who could do the job. 

All in all the vacation turned out to be a Christmas miracle with Klein ending up in the hospital for ‘severe cold hand treatments’ while her husband and son only had to be treated for frostbite, according to

So many questions with so little time! (ok, really just 2)

1. Why didn’t the husband go in her place in spite of the so called survival training she received? I meaaaan, I’m CPR certified but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m effectively able to bring somebody back to life if put in that situation. 

More importantly:

2. Why didn’t the husband hike to get phone signal from the start? Could this not have prevented the possibility of amputation from ‘severe cold hand treatments?’

Nonetheless, thank God for their safety!