A paralyzed man struggled miles through the snow last week after his car broke down and left him stranded in the snow-covered Colorado mountains.
Matt Gypin, 32, was traveling Wednesday to Sylvan State Park to take a photo for a calendar he gives his mother each Christmas.
“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 told WTXF-TV.
Gypin stranded in the wilderness alone could not attain a cell phone signal and decided to spend the night in his Jeep.
“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,” he told WTXF-TV. “It was really scary, it was freezing cold.”
But, after failing to dig his vehicle out from the snow, the paralyzed man who still has some feeling in his foot, set out in the snow to seek help.
“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.
Crawling at times, Gypin found a cold oasis in a park building more than hours later. He then proceeded to break its window and dial 911 for help.
But, despite the experience, Gypin says he won’t hesitate to go back again — this time, however, he’ll be sure to tell someone before embarking on the journey.
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