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Every time Bastide moved her arms to try to escape, she would lose consciousness. Eventually, after mustering enough strength, she managed to use her foot to open the car door.
“The most difficult thing was lying on pieces of glass,” she said. “I tried to hoist myself up but I had the impression that my back was being torn.”
Without food or drink in the vehicle, Bastide survived by drinking rainwater in an empty chewing gum box. She claims she also used a wet branch to create the sensation of moisture in her mouth.
Days later, a car stopped at her location where she swerved off the road – Bastide cried out for help and a woman who had joined a public search for her, immediately called authorities.
“She told me she had been looking for me everywhere,” said Bastide. “She stayed with me all the time and that woman, I think she is my guardian angel.”
Bastide said she is lucky to be alive after the terrifying six days but added that she never lost hope.
“I thought I would never get out,” she told RTBF. “But I wanted to live for my children. I didn’t want them to think I had done something stupid, like kill myself. No, it was an accident.”
Ms. Bastide’s son said his mother will have to undergo surgery and spend the next several weeks in the hospital recovering.
Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.