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Quadriplegic Survives After Stranded 24 Hours In Snowy Mountainside

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An incredible story of survival for a quadriplegic man in Colorado, stranded for 24 hours in the snowy mountain side.

As FOX's Hendrik Sybrandy report his strength kept him alive walking and crawling for hours to get help. This past Wednesday, Matt Gypin drove deep into Colorado's mountains to take a photo for the calendar he gives his mom each Christmas near Sylvan State Park in Eagle County, His jeep drove into trouble.

"The road is really narrow so I went off the road into the deep snow pockets on the mountain side and got completely stuck," Gypin said.

Gypin's cell phone had no service, not a soul was around.

"I didn't think I could walk out of there and I was just like well I'm at the mercy of chance so please somebody come by and find me. It was really scary, it was freezing cold," Gypin said.

After spending the night in the jeep, the next morning Gypin tried to dig out his vehicle but no luck.

That's when the quadriplegic man, who still has feeling in some of his limbs, decided to set out on foot, using his wheelchair as a walker.

"My left side is pretty strong so I take one step with my left foot, push the chair and drag my right foot and it would go maybe 10, 20 paces,"Gypin said.

He crawled on the road for part of the time. Over four exhausting hours later, he reached a building at the park, threw a rock through the window, found a phone and dialed 911. He knows he was incredibly lucky, realizes he was unprepared.

Gypin said he'll definitely let someone know where he is going the next time he heads out. He says he had to limit how much he used his car. He only had half a tank of gas at the time.

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