A 34-year-old single mother has died after a falling while a hiking and spending two nights sheltering under a log.
Cassandra Bravo’s friends and family started to worry after the experienced hiker failed to return from a quick day walk on Mount Whitney in California, on November 5.
The mother of two hadn’t been heard from since she dropped her 10-year-old son off.
After an exhausting two day search, Ms Bravo was found under a fallen tree. She was still alive and only able to mumble as rescue crews airlifted her to a nearby hospital.
It’s believed she had fallen about 30 metres down a steep ledge.
After surviving two nights in just tights and a tank top, Ms Bravo was found just as it had started to snow.
Friend Luisa Moya told CBS Ms Bravo “was badass” and she was proud of her friend for surviving in the poor weather conditions.
"She survived two very cold nights and was alive when they rescued her, I'm so proud of her for that,” Ms Moya said.
‘She meant everything to me’
Sadly after arriving at hospital, Ms Bravo passed away leaving behind her son and his 7-year-old sister.
"I got to hug her and tell her I loved her, and tell her goodbye, she meant everything to me,” her son, Jonathan told CBS.
Friend Sarah Wisniewski started a GoFundMe page to help support Ms Bravo’s two young children.
“Those of us that knew Cassandra knew she was a fighter and strong. We know she fought to stay alive. We also know she was a single mum and busted her butt as an emergency department technician, graduated nursing school and has worked at Loma Linda University Medical Center as a registered nurse,” Ms Wisniewski wrote on the fundraising page.
“She leaves behind her two beautiful children whom she lived for.
“Her children were solely supported by Cassandra and we are creating this GoFundMe account for the future of her children and any costs or expenses the family may need,” she wrote.
The fundraising page has, at the time of writing, surpassed $US59,000 and Ms Wisniewski said her friend would be in tears if she knew how generous so many people had been.
“Cassandra would be overwhelmed by the love and support everyone has shown..She would be in tears to know her kids will be taken care of,” she wrote.
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