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Missing Hawaii hiker found alive after two-week ordeal

A woman who was found alive two weeks after going missing in Hawaii has told of her "life or death" ordeal.

Amanda Eller, 35, was last seen on 8 May. Family and friends had launched an intense search effort and offered a cash reward for her safe return.

Ms Eller was found on Friday when she waved down a rescue helicopter.

Reports say she got lost and injured while hiking on Maui. Photographs show her dirty and slightly injured, but smiling after being rescued.

Image captionThe yoga instructor was found slightly injured, in a deep ravine, by volunteers

In an emotional video posted to Facebook on Saturday, the yoga instructor described how she endured "the toughest days of my life" while injured in the Hawaiian wilds.

Filmed from a hospital bed next to her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, she said she "chose life" despite "times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up".

"I wasn't going to take the easy way out, even if that meant more suffering and pain for myself," she said in the video.

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In another video, taken at a local hospital, Ms Eller's father said he was "bawling like a baby" when his daughter was found.

Her mother described her as being in "surprisingly good shape" considering how long she had been missing.

Local reports suggest she has lost weight, but survived after foraging on berries and local water sources.

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My view: The woman is lucky to be alive, it is risky to go on hiking alone.

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