At the depths of her six-day ordeal trapped inside a Jeep during a fierce snowstorm, 46-year old Paula Lane recorded a goodbye video to her 11-year old twin boys.
"I'm so sorry this has happened," a tearful Lane said into the camera. "I just want to come home."
Lane and her boyfriend, Roderick Clifton, became trapped in their car after it got stuck in the snow while driving down a closed mountain road near Pickett's Junction in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Soon after getting stuck, Clifton went for help. After he did not return for four days, Lane, who had been subsisting on nothing but snow and tomatoes, decided to matters into her own hands and struck out on her own.
"When the sun comes out, I'm going to have to make it seven miles in six feet of snow," she said in the video. "I don't know if it's going to work out so well, but nobody's ever going to find me here."
On her voyage back to civilization, she found Clifton's dead body in the snow.
Lane traveled by herself for two days until her brother, who had been actively searching for her in a rented tractor, discovered her crawling along the dirt road.
When Lane got to the hospital, she had first-degree frostbite. But more than anything else, she's just happy to be alive.
"I make progress every day; I'm doing well," Lane told Matt Lauer during an appearance on the Today Show. "Emotionally, I think I'm coming along a little bit better than physically, remarkably, but I'm getting there."