Paraplegic man stranded without wheelchair survives 3 days in New Mexico desert
The story below puts to rest any doubters who in the past have said”surely mia people don’t treat the disabled like that?” Well this happenned because he wouldn’t share his six pack!
Ricky Gilmore was ditched by a couple he met hitchhiking when he wouldn’t share his booze. They tossed him out of their truck and left him without his wheelchair on a desolate road.
Reposted from a story By Rheana Murray / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
From his hospital bed Ricky shows his ripped soiled blue jeans,Ripped and dirty, they’re what the paraplegic wore as he dragged his body along a dirt road, praying help would come after he was callously dumped in the middle of the New Mexico desert without his wheelchair.
“Ah man, I’m just a big mess,” Gilmore, 49, said. “I ache and I’m just in the first stages of healing.”
Gilmore’s body is covered in cuts and bruises. His wrist is sprained and he’s being treated for acute kidney failure from dehydration.
The 49-year-old, who hasn’t been able to walk since a bad car crash years ago, says the nightmare began when he was hitchhiking.
A man and woman picked him up, and Gilmore ended up inviting them over for steaks. Later, the trio went for a ride, and when Gilmore refused to share his alcohol, the couple decided to ditch their new friend, he says.
The man yanked Gilmore – who had left his wheelchair at home – out of the car and abandoned him on a desolate stretch on a Navajo Indian reservation near Tocito, before storming off in a white truck.
“It was dark and I was shivering and the wind was blowing so I just crawled to a bush and dug right there,” he said.
“It was cold that night.”
Without food, water or a coat, Gilmore was stranded for three days. Only twice, he spotted cars. He waved, but neither stopped.
“I started dragging myself,” he said. “I did the same thing all day and I only got about two miles.”
On the third day, a man in a blue truck stopped.
“I don’t think I would have made it another night,” Gilmore said.
The man called for help and Gilmore was taken to the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock. He said doctors told him his body temperature was only 94 degrees when he was admitted.
He’s filed a report with the police but just wants to focus is rest and getting healthy.
“[I want to] go home and pray, take inventory and just get a good night sleep in my own bed and heal,” Gilmore said.
With News Wire Services