Woman Survives 3 Days Buried in Snowbank

Rescuers stunned by Canadian's survival feat
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2008 2:53 AM CST
Southern Ontario has been hit by heavy snowstorms in recent days.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – The family and friends of a Canadian woman missing for three days in a winter snowstorm are hailing her survival as a Christmas miracle, the National Post reports. Police believe the woman, 55, became disoriented after going for a walk in heavy snow near her Ontario home. A rescue dog found her under two feet of snow in a field, still conscious.

"I've done many, many searches and that woman should not be alive," said an amazed member of the rescue team. Police believe the snow helped the woman retain her body heat and stay alive despite sub-zero temperatures and near-blizzard conditions. The woman is now in intensive care, being treated for hypothermia and severe frostbite with her husband and son by her bedside.