Paraplegic survives 3 days stranded in NM desert

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) -- A paraplegic man who says he was stranded in the New Mexico desert without his wheelchair dragged himself four miles down a dirt road for three days before he found help.

The Farmington Times reports (http://bitly.com/TRWzVK ) 49-year-old Ricky Gilmore was found last week on Tocito Road, about 30 miles south of Shiprock.

He is being treated at the Northern Navajo Medical Center for acute kidney failure from dehydration, a sprained wrist and a blood infection.

Gilmore says he was dropped in the desert by a couple in a white truck who he met while he was hitchhiking.

Gilmore says three vehicles passed him while he was struggling to get help.


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