Tennessee woman Jodi Eastgate thought her wedding ring was lost forever when it was accidentally thrown into a five-ton hotel trash compactor last week.
But thanks to a persistent hotel staff member, that ring is now back on Eastgate's finger.
Eastgate told Chicago news station CBS2 Friday that while she and her family were checking out of The Drake Hotel last Sunday, she realized that her ring was missing. She thought it might have fallen into a bag next to her bed, but by the time she got back up to the room to check, the bag had already been thrown into the trash.
The trash couldn't be searched until the next day, so Eastgate's family boarded their flight home to Tennessee while Eastgate stayed at the Drake.
Staff member David Lyons searched the trash for three hours until he finally found the ring.
"I started jumping," Eastgate said. "My feet weren't on the ground anymore. Not only me, but he was. He kind of gave an expletive, like 'Oh my gosh.'"
Watch the video above for more on Eastgate's amazing find.
Not many people would be willing to search through trash to find a lost ring, but that's exactly what a New York City Parks Department worker did last year. He found a woman's lost ring in just 45 minutes. In 2011, a devoted husband searched through nine tons of garbage to find his wife's ring.
Click though the slideshow below to see more wedding ring disasters.
Disaster struck when Don Walling proposed to girlfriend Gina Pellicani in 2009, at the Brooklyn Bridge's pedestrian walkway. But it wasn't because she said no -- in fact, it wasn't Pellicani's fault at all. It was Walling himself who dropped the ring through a crack in the bridge onto the busy roadway below. Although the couple (and onlookers) were horrified at first, Walling was able to retrieve the ring -- and only the band was bent in the fall. Looks like it ended happily ever after.
Santa Ana Zoo visitor Sheila Clark was walking through the Amazon's Edge exhibit when her wedding ring and her engagement ring fell onto the deck where she was standing. Although she managed to save her wedding ring, her engagement ring fell -- right into the eight-foot watery exhibit. Luckily, with the help of Zoo Director Kent Yamaguchi (who waded into the muck himself), Clark was reunited with her ring.
After a long night of handing out candy on Halloween in 2009, Ohio woman Elizabeth Olson suddenly noticed that her 3-diamond anniversary ring had gone missing. In the process of tossing out candy into pillow cases and buckets, she had thrown in her ring too. No word yet if the ring has been found.
In August 2010, Matt Cawley proposed to girlfriend Stacey Scanlon at a Cape Cod rock jetty overlooking the ocean. But Scanlon's excitement turned to dread as she dropped the heavy $9K ring, which was attached to an oversized sand dollar. The ring fell somewhere in between the rocks, and despite the efforts of the couple, lifeguards and beach-goers -- the ring was gone.
In May 2009, Anna Laskey lost her engagement ring after leaving it on the bathroom floor of a luxury hotel in England (she was bathing her daughter and forgot to put it back on until the next day). Laskey feared the ring would be lost forever, but ring was found in the bag of a vacuum cleaner used by the park - the only machine out of 30 that had not been emptied the same day.
After touring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at the Michigan International Speedway as part of a fan promotion, Andrea Wieland couldn't find her ring -- anywhere. With the help of staff, friends and the MIS Facebook page, her 13-diamond ring was found a couple days later by a crew member (it was in the garage).