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    Stranded paraplegic survives 3 days in NM desert

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...SNWU00L4_UNEWS

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A paraplegic man who says he was stranded in the New Mexico desert without his wheelchair dragged himself about four miles down a dirt road over three days before a motorist stopped to help him...............

    Gilmore, 49, is being treated for acute kidney failure from dehydration, a sprained wrist and a blood infection. He spent two days in intensive care and it could be at least another week before he can go home..............

    When he declined to share his alcohol with them, Gilmore said the man grabbed him by his feet and threw him out of the truck while parked along the desolate road.

    It was early evening and Gilmore had nothing — no wheelchair, no food, no water, no coat — to help him endure the flat desert scrubland...............

    Two people passed by. Gilmore tried flagging them down but they only honked and kept going.............

    On the third afternoon, a man in a blue pickup truck stopped and called for help. Gilmore said doctors told him his body temperature was 94 when he was found.

    "I don't think I would have made it another night," he said....more at link......


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

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    I cannot imagine seeing a man dragging himself through the desert and waving and driving on without offering some sort of assistance. At the very least, I'd crack the window, throw him a bottle of water and tell him I was contacting 911 to help him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeaux View Post
    I cannot imagine seeing a man dragging himself through the desert and waving and driving on without offering some sort of assistance. At the very least, I'd crack the window, throw him a bottle of water and tell him I was contacting 911 to help him!
    Agree! I couldn't believe those people didn't at least do that....the article says he filed a report with LE....hope they can track down the ones who threw him out and there are some charges, such as abuse of a disabled person:

    The Daily Times reported that Gilmore filed a report with Shiprock police. No officials at the department after hours Tuesday could confirm details of the report.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington



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