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Helicopter finds hiker missing for 2 weeks in Hawaiian forest

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Amanda Eller

A 35-year-old Maryland woman who went missing after going on a hike in Hawaii over two weeks ago has been found alive.

Another rescuer, Chris Berquist, said they were elated when they saw her.

Besides breaking her leg, she had bruised both ankles and suffered severe sunburn.

A video Haynes took at the hospital shows Cantellops and Helmers with Eller's father, discussing the call where he learned they found his daughter.

"It's just a miracle our daughter has come home to us", Eller's mother Julia said.

"I've seen that girl every day for the last two weeks about 100 times a day", Berquist said.

Rescue crew helicopter spots Amanda Eller in Hawaiian rainforest.

"The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life", Eller said from her hospital bed in a video posted Saturday afternoon to the FindAmanda Facebook group, established to aid in her rescue.

"I've never felt something quite that overpowering", he told ABC News Radio. Olenik has not yet had the chance to speak with her, but said she believes that is what kept Eller going through the long days and nights in the jungle.

Sarah Haynes, a friend of Eller's boyfriend, told the media, that Amanda got to a place where she started to think she was going to die.

A photo was posted to a Facebook page tracking the search, showing a smiling Eller with what appeared to be injuries to her face and dirt on her clothing.

Amanda Eller, 35, vanished after she got injured and lost during the hike on Maui, according to a post on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her.

During her ordeal, she fell off a cliff, which led her to fracture her leg and tear the meniscus in her knee, a friend, Katie York, told the Times.

Amanda Eller, sitting, waiting for a basket to be lowered from a helicopter, was rescued from the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui, Hawaii, on May 24, 2019, after going missing 16 days earlier.

Searchers rappelled into ravines, searched from helicopters and even killed wild boars to check their digestive systems for human remains, The New York Times reported.

The area she found herself in had little to no food.

Maui police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto said that Eller was spotted near the Kailua reservoir in East Maui at about 3:45 p.m.

"That was unexpected", John Eller said. Eller tried to catch some crawfish but was "not very successful", her mother said. She spotted them and they spotted her at the same time.

"She was in deep deep H'aiku", Berquist said. She even ate a couple of moths, Julia Eller said.

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