A newlywed wife saved herself the tragedy of becoming a widow by saving her husband from the clutches of death after he fell into a dormant volcano during their honeymoon.
The fall happened on 18 July, only days after their wedding in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where they are from. Her husband is currently recovering in a US hospital.
Clay Chastain fractured his skull while hiking on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. His wife, Acaimie, climbed down to reach him and helped drag him out.
He leaned against her, vomiting and in pain, as they hiked for two miles (3.2km) to the mountain’s base.
“She’s absolutely incredible,” said Mr Chastain after he was flown to Florida.
“Her being able to carry me all the way down a volcano when I can barely stand up is amazing and it’s definitely nothing short of a miracle,” he told the CBS TV network.
Narrating her heroic deed, Mrs Chastain, who is 5ft 2in ( 157cm) and weighs 105lb (47kg), said, “He was leaning on me a lot and he was just gasping more and more and he just kept asking me ‘how much farther?’,”
Doctors say he is leaking cerebral spinal fluid through his nose, but did not break any bones other than a skull fracture and a cracked vertebrae.
“It was a miracle that he was able to support himself for as long as he did with the injuries he had,” Mrs Chastain told the Indianapolis Star newspaper.
On Facebook, Mr Chastain wrote: “It’s honestly amazing thanks to God’s help that my injuries were not worse.”
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