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This Mother Drank Her Own Breast Milk To Survive After Getting Lost In A Forest

Susan O'Brien was lost overnight in a freezing after getting lost during a running event.

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This is the emotional moment a mother of two was reunited with her family after having to drink her own breast milk to survive.

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Susan O'Brien got stuck in some bushes after competing in yesterday's Xterra Wellington Trail Running Series event in the Rimutaka Forest Park, Radio New Zealand reported.

She told the station: "I wanted to carry on but I got too exhausted so I just dug a hole. I didn't have a life blanket, I thought I was going to die. I'm breastfeeding my baby so I had a bit of my milk. I thought that should help me keep going, for energy." She added that she managed to keep herself going by thinking about her husband and children, and praying.

She told the station: "I definitely thought I was going to die."

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She said: "I just kept chucking dirt on me and every time I heard something I just screamed 'help'".

The station reported that more than 20 police and search and rescue volunteers with dogs had searched the area.

She was eventually found on Monday morning, around 24 hours after she had set off, around two and a half kilometres away from the running trail. She said the experience had not put her off competing again.

Here's a video of the moment she was reunited with her family.

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