Kyndall Jack Recalls What She Can from Trabuco Canyon Ordeal Upon Hospital Release

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Kyndall Jack, who was the second hiker rescued after days in the wild following an Easter Sunday hike, is still confined to a wheelchair, but at a just-concluded press conference before heading home from UCI Medical Center in Orange, the Costa Mesa 18-year-old was smiling and upbeat as she recalled the ordeal. That is, what she could recall because she's forgotten more than she remembers. Then there were the bizarre dreams, like believing a python was eating her.

"I definitely gave up hope," Jack said.

She remembers having nothing to do and going to Trabuco Canyon to hike with 19-year-old Nicholas Cendoya, who she was hanging out with for only the second time. She remembers them losing their way, making a 9-1-1 call and misplacing her lighter after darkness fell, which would lead her to suffer an anxiety attack.

But from about then until she was rescued late in the morning on Wednesday, Jack does not recall much. Asked by a reporter if she knew hundreds of people had been searching for her, she answered, "I had no idea I was missing. I just thought I was in a big dream."

She does know she ate some dirt, although being told when she was found she had dirt and small rocks around her mouth also clued her into that. She knows she hallucinated a lot, something that happened quickly once she and Cendoya realized they were lost Sunday and went through three plastic water bottles they'd brought to split between them.

Before it go too dark to continue, they tried to scale a cliff to get to a top of a hill, where they hoped it would be easier to see around them and be spotted. After the 9-1-1 call, she remembers vomiting because she was so worried. She remembers looking at Cendoya and telling him neither could close their eyes or they'd not be able to open them again.

"My parents were in jail half the time," she said of her weird dreams and visions that would follow for days after. "I was searching for my sister. I thought I was being eaten by a python. Nick saw tigers, I was getting eaten by a python."

She believes she fought off animals while clinging to a rock or tree. She's since learned that Cendoya believed he, too, fought off animals, though neither knows what kind of creatures.

Asked if she would go back to the mountain, as Cendoya has indicated he wants to do to chase away any demons from the experience, Jack answered, "Definitely, no."
 
She's still recovering from scratches and bruises on her legs and hands, but worse is frostbite on one hand that has left her unable to move her fingers. Doctors have told her she will slowly recover feeling. She also can't walk right now and was wheeled away once she was done talking with reporters.

Asked if the experience has made her change her views on anything, because Cendoya has said it made him a different man, Jack answered, "I am definitely going to change the way I look at things." She chose not to elaborate.

Asked about her relationship with Cendoya, she described them as just friends, although this experience has created "a really big bond."

"We just wanted to go on hike," she said of heading to the canyon Sunday. "We were not doing anything, so we searched for places in the area where you can hike."

Later: "I didn't know I lost Nick. I didn't even know I was with Nick, it was that bad."

She took a backpack that held her cell phone, glasses and wallet, none of which were with her when she was found. She was wearing shorts and a jacket and new Nikes, which are also gone. She'd only gone hiking once before, for school. Asked if she had advice for other novice hikers, she said to do something she and Cendoya did not do: stay on marked trails and bring as much gear as possible.

Jack thanked her rescuers (shout out to Fred and Jim!), and she hopes to meet them soon to thank them personally.

She does remember hearing people call her name, but in her confused state she was answering back at them to shut up because yelling back would cause her to lose air in her lungs. She believes she'd also heard people calling her name when she first started hallucinating, before anyone knew she was missing.

Physicians informed her she could have died had she remained in the elements longer, she said.

Leave it to a female TV reporter to ask Jack about her weight.

"I hope I look good right now," she said looking down at her legs. "I didn't weigh myself."

She probably wouldn't recommend her canyon diet, which included sucking on a tree stump she believed to be a straw leading into a pool of water. Then again, whatever works. Details at 11!

See also:
Kyndall Jack and Nicholas Cendoya Saved
Nicholas Cendoya Leaves Hospital Talking About Amnesia, Afterlife and Return to Canyon

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roxannekissesxox
roxannekissesxox

even sadder that they already have a page asking for donations on gofundme because of the "outrageous" costs they will soon be faced with (and they haven't even been asked to pay anything back in the first place, what a scam!!)...I personally would never donate to there "cause" it would probably be used for more drugs & or "fame" anyway...so sad, an example needs to be made out of them, especially because of the poor rescue worker who is suffering due to them.

can you believe it? http://www.gofundme.com/2jr6eo?pc=fb_cr

Chelsea Svir
Chelsea Svir

to everyone stating it was due to extreme dehydration - umm is your head up your ass? LMAO They started trippin Sunday night, after drinking 3 bottles of water while in moderate weather. If you can get dehyrated that easily to the point of seeing tigers and pythons, you should consider seeking medical attention. I have brought friends on hikes who were still drunk from the night before, without food and water, and I've never in my 15 years of hiking heard anything like this. Plane and simple - Drugs are bad mkay ;)

inchblue
inchblue

I've been praying a lot, but Jesus has yet to reveal answers to many key questions.

Has anyone developed a credible timeline + map to try to document some of the times and locations from their accounts during 911 calls, from evidence found at the site (like dog scent trails), from their rescue locations, and from their own testimony after being rescued and during the press conferences.  Strangest of all is they were both found on opposites sides of the canyon.  For those of you not familiar with the area, what's the significance of that?  Well, if they were together up a mountain on one side, then at some point in this whole ordeal, at least one of them made it back to the canyon floor where they had access to drinking water (sure they would likely get diarrhea at some point about a week or so later) and a way out of the canyon along the gravel road.  That's of course assuming they were in an aware state, which it seems they were to some degree if they were able to fend off animals and cover themselves with shrubs to stay warm as well as look at their watch to figure what time nightfall would be.  Finally, after having made it to the canyon floor and crossing both the stream and road running parallel to the stream, one of them would have had to climb up the other side of the canyon and as most search and rescue people know, people escaping from wilderness typically move down and not up, so that's really strange.

Are they being investigated or is their mental state irrelevant or is the OC Sheriff happy that the couple had been found and they look good in front of the world for finding them?  

Thanks be to Jesus for helping these kids get lost, so they could be found.

Mike Dorsey
Mike Dorsey

Extreme dehydration can cause hallucinations.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Obviously they both went paying attention in D.A.R.E. 

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Stupid stupid. I can get lost inside my own house on psychedelics...so definitely don't go out into the wilderness as an inexperienced hiker!

Jayme Vassis Smith
Jayme Vassis Smith

Im glad they are safe and sound but hallucinating that hard after a couple days? Somethings up :/

Arturo Robles
Arturo Robles

They must have been eating wild mushrooms in Trabuco Canyon.

YankeeJay
YankeeJay

They will be getting a nice bill for the rescue costs. None of their stories make sense and KFI is on top of this shenanigans. They were shrooming for sure, and even unnamed sources from the Sheriffs dept. are saying the stories aren't adding up. More to come...

centrifuge909
centrifuge909

It's not normal to hallucinate from dehydration the first night you are out....unless much more psychoactive compounds were involved. These kids stories are laughable! Reminds me of my college years on adventures in the desert....but we didn't need rescuing!

Mory Ahmadi
Mory Ahmadi

They were definitely on some sort of hallucinogenic, stop giving these kids so much attention. I'm sure Oc has better news than kids on drugs getting lost.

Dani Hobson
Dani Hobson

who starts halucinating only after one day? they lost each other on the first night haha

Sam Carrillo
Sam Carrillo

Sounds like they tried to eat something they shouldn't have :?

Benjamin Cleveland
Benjamin Cleveland

That explains so much as to how they got lost in the first place. And who starts halucinating after 3 days?

Frances Lee
Frances Lee

sounds like they had a bad acid trip!!!!!!!!! stupid kids...

Megan Anderson
Megan Anderson

Sounds like these two got a bad batch of somethin

roxannekissesxox
roxannekissesxox

@949girl @roxannekissesxox  I wish I was =( The good thing is that a few people are calling them out on it, via the donation page. The bad thing is that most of the comments are being deleted. Personally I feel like the donation page should be for the rescue worker who was injured and for the rest of the rescue workers. It's so sad that they are trying to "profit" further from this.

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