A woman from California gave birth in the middle of a forest, and was stuck there for three days with a swarm of bees before she was rescued.
Amber Pangborn, 35, was on her way to her parent’s house on Wednesday night when she found herself lost in the local forest.
She then began experiencing contractions; and with no petrol, no mobile reception, and an impending birth – she had no other option than to deliver her baby on her own at 5am Thursday morning.
She gave birth on the gravel path in Nevada’s Plumas National Forest.
“I laid out a sleeping bag in the back seat, lied down, gripped the handle above the back window and gave birth to my daughter,” she told KNVN.
Luckily, she safely delivered her daughter, Marissa, but she had difficultly leaving the car after the birth because bees were attracted to the placenta.
“The meat bees came out and were trying to get the placenta,” she said.
“I was trying to protect her from getting stung and I got stung trying to keep them away from the baby but they kept going back to the placenta.”
She only had four apples and some soda water with her and after three days saw no sign of a rescue party, so she did what she had to do and the resourceful new mum thought of a plan that was risky at best.
She got a lighter and a can of hairspray, and did the logical thing – started a forest fire.
Thankfully, her plan paid off and she attracted a Department of Forestry Helicopter.
“The fire just went whooff, and the whole side of the mountain just caught on fire,” she said.
“And I was just looking at Marissa… and I was like, ‘I think Mommy just started a forest fire, honey’.”
Luckily, they were rescued via helicopter.
“I was just crying, I thought we were going to die,” she said.
“I was also just so glad that someone had seen us and we were going to be okay.”