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Woman Has Feet Amputated After Surviving for 5 Days Following Car Crash

In this May 2014, photo provided by the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Kristin Hopkins' car is seen after she drove off the roadway near the old mining town of Fairplay, Colo., sometime after she was last seen on April 27. Authorities say at least one motorist hiked down from Red Hill Pass on U.S. Highway 285 and alerted authorities on Sunday, May 4, that there was a body inside the car. Rescuers found Hopkins alive, conscious and coherent — but critically injured and extremely dehydrated. (AP Photo/Park County Sheriff’s Office)
Kristin Hopkins' car was flipped and got stuck among trees in the Colorado mountains.AP

A woman who crashed her car in the Colorado mountains and was trapped inside of it for five days was found alive Sunday after she wrote messages for help on an umbrella, according to reports.

Kristin Hopkins, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is pictured in this undated family handout photo courtesy of St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Hopkins, a 43-year-old Colorado woman who survived six days trapped in the wreckage of her car after driving off a mountain highway, was listed in critical condition on May 5, 2014 at a Denver-area hospital, authorities said. REUTERS/St. Anthony Hospital/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY HEALTH) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Kristin Hopkins is pictured.Reuters

The Denver Post reported that Kristin M. Hopkins, 43, was found by hikers who saw her car positioned upside down off of a Denver area highway.

One of the first responders described the scene to The Denver Post.

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He said that using a Sharpie, Hopkins wrote several notes on the white shaded sections of the umbrella and managed to get it out a broken rear window.
The pleas were hard to read but conveyed that she needed help, the doors wouldn't open, she was bleeding and she needed a doctor, and had been without food or water for six days, he said.

Hopkins crashed while trying to navigate a left curve before she lost control of her car, which flipped, landed on its roof, and got stuck against trees, according to The Denver Post.

As a result of her injuries, Hopkins underwent surgery on Monday to have her feet amputated.

USA Today reported that Hopkins’ family released a statement before the amputation took place.

"We sincerely appreciate all the thoughts, prayers and kind gestures from the community during such a trying time for our family," the statement read. "While we're hopeful of her prognosis, Kristin was seriously injured and with multiple internal and external injuries. Later this afternoon Kristin will be undergoing surgery here to amputate both of her feet. Doctors were not able to save her feet due to the severity of those injuries. Kristin is in critical but stable condition at this time and has a very long road ahead."

The single mother of four was first reported missing on April 29 and was found on May 4.

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