Shark this was.## a yoga instructor who got lost in a hawaiian forest for more than two weeks says she survived on berries and river water with a broken leg and no shoes.*bu* she refused to give up.
Paul vercammen has more on the incredible rescue.
"the last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life and it's been a really spiritual journey that i was guided on."
A voyage amanda eller described with her ecstatic boyfriend in her hospital bed.
Amanda eller/ rescued hiker"there were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up and it did come to life and death and i had to choose.
And i chose life."
Eller got spotted by rescuers in a helicopter and hoisted out of peril in this lush maui paradise friday.
(nats) "oh my god, we (bleeped out) did it."
Eller lost her shoes set out to dry in a flash flood..
Lost her ability to walk properly when she broke a bone in her leg..
But hope was not lost.
John eller/ amanda eller's dad: "that was not expected, that was not expected.""wooh ooo" hugs (nats) "you can cry, it's awesome man, you got a good memorial day now"(cross talk) "you're taking it pretty well."
John eller/ amanda eller's dad: "oh no, i was bawling like a baby!"
Amanda eller/ rescued hiker: "seeing the way that the community of maui came together, people that know me, people that don't know me all came together just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive just warms my heart."
This yoga instructor and physical therapist shed almost a pound a day for each day she went missing..
15 pounds total.
Her doctor expressed surprise and relief at how well she looked.
Dr. zora bulatovic/ treating physician: "tears came down because we have all been following her story."
The physician explained how this model patient survived on river water and what food she could pick.
Dr. zora bulatovic/ treating physician: "eating fresh fruits from the trees, trying to keep her nutrition up so she was very well educated in that so she knew exactly what to take and managed to stay well hydrated."
Julia eller/ amanda eller's mom: "she's a trooper man, she's a real warrior and i had no doubt that if anybody could make it through it, it was her."
Amanda eller fought for her life..
And won, armed with undying spirit and true grit.
Paul vercammen, cnn, los angeles.