Tuesday, October 12, 2004


After eight days, Laura Hatch's family had almost given the 17-year-old up for dead, and sheriff's deputies had all but written her off as a runaway. Then she was found, badly hurt and severely dehydrated, but alive and conscious, in the back seat of a crumpled car, 200 feet down a ravine.

Without water you will last about 2 1/2 days at 48°C (120°F) if you spend the whole time resting in the shade, though you could last as long as 12 days if the temperature stays below 21°C (70°F). Losing 5% of your bodyweight to dehydration can will cause shakines and nausea. Loosing from 6% to 10% of your bodyweight can cause dizziness, headache, breathing difficulties, pricking in the arms and legs, dry mouth, livid complexion, slurred speech and the inability to walk.

"She's a little bit confused. That's really standard course for what she's been through," Gregg-Hanson said. "I think everybody thinks it's an amazing story that she's doing as well as she is."