84-Year-Old Survives 5 Nights Stranded in Desert

By: CBS
By: CBS

This is an incredible story about survival. An elderly man from Arizona is alive and after he spent f days stranded alone in the desert.

Henry Morello thought he was a goner. The 84-year-old had just about given up hope by the time he was rescued from his stalled car.

“After the fifth day, I said, this is it. If they don't find me I'm not gonna make it out of here.”

Morello was driving back from a restaurant last Monday, when he got lost on a desert road an hour north of Phoenix, Az., and crashed his vehicle.

“I got stuck in that ditch, then the battery went dead, then the phone went dead, then I went dead.”

Morello's friends and family mounted an all-out search while he sat in his car for five days and five even longer nights.

His loved ones were extremely concerned because Morello suffers from dementia and diabetes and requires daily medication. He credits his survival to eating tiny bits of leftovers from his dinner doggie bag, and at one point, believe it or not, he says he drank some of his car's windshield washer fluid. He used the vehicle's floor mats to stay warm at night.

“[I] Wished something happened, wished someone would come find me.”

His rescue came Saturday when a group of hikers found his vehicle and flagged down a search helicopter.

His message to his rescuers: “God bless you and I love you.”

Morello is thankful to be alive. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.


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