Woman Trapped in Car for 6 Days Shares 'Hardest Thing'

Corine Bastide managed to open a door with her foot during the heat wave
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2019 4:50 PM CDT
Woman Trapped in Car for 6 Days During Heat Wave
In this undated photo taken by her son, Marie Corine Bastide lays in her hospital bed at the University Hospital of Liege in Liege, Belgium.   (Hadrien Riga via AP)

A Belgian woman who spent six days trapped in her overturned car without food during one of the country's hottest periods on record says thoughts of her children helped her to focus on staying alive. Corine Bastide ran off the road and into the woods last week near the southeast city of Liege. It was only when family friends were putting up missing posters days later that they spotted the vehicle and responders were able to extract her. From her hospital bed, Bastide, 45, told state broadcaster RTBF that during the first night entombed in her car, her cellphone rang constantly but she was in such pain she couldn't reach it. "The next day the telephone stopped ringing. I knew the battery had run out. I tried screaming when I heard people, but apparently no one could hear me," she said.

The AP reports temperatures in Belgium rose to over 104 degrees last week, but Bastide survived on water she collected when a storm hit. "The heat was stifling at first. I managed to open a door with my foot. Then it started to rain over the weekend and that was nice. On the other hand, I had to sleep in water for two nights. It was cold and I was shaking all the time," she said Wednesday. "I tried to drink by filling up a little chewing gum box," she said, adding that she also sucked on a wet tree branch to keep her mouth moist. Bastide said she didn't feel particularly hungry. "The hardest thing was lying on my back on broken glass. I tried to lift myself up but I had the feeling that my back was being ripped apart," she said.

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