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Viewing scopes sit snow covered at South Rim of the Grand Canyon Saturday, April 9, 2011 in Grand Canyon, Ariz. With a federal government shutdown averted, it's back to business for Grand Canyon National Park, and it's back to enjoying a vacation for many park visitors. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A mom walked 26 miles through the Grand Canyon in a snowstorm to get help for her family


A Pennsylvania mom is recovering at a Utah hospital after walking 26 miles through the Grand Canyon during a snowstorm to get help for her family, according to CNN

Karen Klein, 46, her husband Eric and their 10-year-old son were on their way to the Grand Canyon National Park Thursday when they became stranded. 

The road that typically takes tourists to the canyon's north rim was closed for the winter so the family's GPS rerouted them through forest service roads, CNN reports. 

Snow was falling so heavily that it covered the road, so the family decided to turn around. When they did, the car fell into a ditch and the family realized they were far from any sign of civilization. 

Klein, who is a triathlete and has taken survival classes, decided to make what she thought was a short trek. 

Klein left her husband and son behind that Thursday afternoon as she set out for the park's entrance. But by Friday, she still hadn't returned.

Her husband knew time was running out so he and their son hiked out far enough to get cell service to call for help. 

But his wife was still no where to be found. 

After days of wandering through the wilderness, searchers found Klein inside a guard shack just after midnight on Saturday morning, CNN reports. 

Klein was barely conscious and was suffering from cold exposure when she was located. 

By the time she was found, Klein had run out of food and water. Klein told The Morning Call she ate twigs and drank her own urine to survive. 

Klein was treated on the scene by rescuers and taken to a hospital in St. George, Utah. 

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