A mum and her three-year-old daughter have been rescued after spending three days lost in the wilderness in Brazil.
Ludmila Jesus da Silva, 21, and her daughter Kyara disappeared after leaving their home in Ribeirão das Neves in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on September 9.
Passing through Morada Nova de Minas, the family’s vehicle broke down as they were following a route guided by their GPS.
Firefighters later said the car broke down due to dust entering the engine.
While waiting for help to arrive, Ludmila and Kyara got out of the car and headed for a forest next to the road to try to get a phone signal, leaving the woman’s partner, Valter Moreira Westermann, 23, behind. , with the car.
After they failed to return, Valter searched for Ludmila and her daughter-in-law, then called emergency services when he couldn’t find them.
A search operation was launched and the missing mother and child were found by drone three days later on September 12.
They were both treated in hospital and discharged the following day.
The mother said in a video filmed in hospital after the ordeal: “Guys, I’m fine, you don’t have to worry. I got lost in the woods, but they found me alive, thank God, me and my baby. “
Speaking days after being released from hospital, Ludmila told local media that she “had to drink water from a rock” to survive.
She explained that she went to get a phone signal to call for help and kept walking for a while.
She then ran out of battery on her phone and the couple found themselves lost in the desert.
Ludmila also said they didn’t eat anything and Kyara didn’t speak throughout the ordeal.
The mother added: “If it wasn’t for her, I would have given up.”
They were rescued after a drone located their position in the woods and rescuers transported them to a police helicopter on the banks of the Idaiá River.
The three-year-old girl complained of thirst and asked rescuers for water, according to civil police.