Brit teen drank contact lens fluid, urine to survive in Australian outback

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 08:50 hrs

A British teenage backpacker drank his own urine and contact lens fluid to survive three days lost in Australian Outback scrubland in burning summer, his mother has said.

Sam Woodhead, 18, was lost after he set out for a jog from the remote Queensland cattle station where he had worked for less than two weeks.

According to Sky News, but the chance discovery of packets of lenses in his rucksack, put there by his father, Peter, helped to keep him going for 72 hours in blistering temperatures of around 40C (104F).

Woodhead, who is the former Brighton College student, from Richmond upon Thames, London, was found about three miles away from the ranch by rescuers in a helicopter.

His mother, Claire Derry, has visited him in hospital in Longreach, about 50 miles away from where he was discovered. She said he had lost weight and his kidneys were not working properly due to dehydration, the report said.

She added that the only concern is that his kidneys are not quite functioning normally and his blood's not normal, it added.

Woodhead, who is set on joining the Armed Forces and is a keen long distance runner, is expected to leave hospital on Sunday.

Mike Curtin from Queensland State Police said that 'he was quite disorientated but, his body seemed to bounce back fairly quickly once he knew that obviously he was located and so forth and he was quite happy of the fact that someone had found him'.

Curtin warned of the harsh Australian climate and called on young people to be careful when travelling or working in the remote Australian Outback, it added. (ANI)

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