Woman Gets Lost in Woods, Gives Birth, Fights off Bees, and Survives on Apples for 3 Days

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Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California got lost while driving through a forest in northern California. She was 9 and a half months pregnant. After her car ran out of gas, Pangborn went into labor. She then gave birth alone in the woods.

Pangborn named her daughter Marisa.

Pangborn was then promptly attacked by bees who, she says, wanted her placenta. They stung her badly. In an attempt to signal for help, she tried to start a fire. She was successful. In fact, she started a wildfire that grew into a quarter acre blaze before being spotted by a US Forest Service helicopter crew.

The helicopter took them to a hospital, where the child is reported to be in good condition. The Los Angeles Times reports:

Pangborn’s mother, Dianna Williams, told the L.A. Times that her nine-months-pregnant daughter went to a casino on Wednesday to visit a friend and get a respite from the hot temperatures. Pangborn, she said, was also hoping to induce labor.

Well, her plan worked.

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When my wife's pregnancy was overdue, we tried to think of ways to induce labor. My wife tried riding a camel at the zoo (the camel needed a rest afterwards). I decided that the way to induce labor was to cover the gas gauge with tape and drive west on Interstate 40 until we ran out of gas. I was sure she would go into labor as soon as the car stopped running.
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