Nicholas Cendoya Leaves Hospital Talking About Amnesia, Afterlife and Return to Canyon

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The first of two rescued Trabuco Canyon hikers to be released from the hospital had something to say Sunday.

So have many critics of Nicholas Cendoya; more on that later.

First, Mission Viejo's Mission Hospital released a photo and statement from the 19-year-old, who later gave a press conference before finally heading home to Costa Mesa.

Here is the statement the hospital released:

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Mission Hospital
Nick Cendoya beams from his bed.
There are so many people to thank. I want to thank all those who never stopped trying to find me and Kyndall [Jack], especially Amanda and her friends who were the ones to find me. To my parents, friends and family--so many supporters I didn't even know I had. Thanks to all the nurses and doctors here at Mission for the great care I've gotten.

I want to thank the officer for risking his life to save Kyndall, and wish him the best in his recovery. I also want to thank the firefighters who climbed up to save me. And, I want to thank the media for keeping attention on us to help get us rescued.

The whole time I was lost, I felt the presence of Jesus and my friend, Carlos, who died last year of cancer. I felt they were both with me, inspiring me to stay alive. I was so relieved to hear that Kyndall was found and will be okay. I can't wait to see her face-to-face and give her a big hug. I just want to see for myself that she's okay.

Later, at the press conference outside Mission Hospital, Cendoya explained he and Jack decided to hang out for the first time by going "on an Easter adventure" to Holy Jim Trail, which is popular with Trabuco Canyon day hikers. But they would get lost, only get a couple cellphone help calls off before the battery died and then, heading down the mountain, get separated.

 Cendoya would fall.

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Reports have just surfaced on how he is being charged with a felony possession of Methamphetamine.  He failed to mention how Jesus gave him meth though. 


It's not normal to hallucinate from dehydration the first night you are out....after drinking what sounds like should have been plenty of water to survive for that night....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!


Their story does not make sense at all.  Could Cendoya be the 'animal' that Jack sort of remembers fighting off?


Psychedelics.  Maybe Cendoya was the 'animal' that Jack talked about fighting.  Their story just doesn't make sense.  I've gone without water for a few days and, though troubled, did not hallucinate.  

Michael Mastagni
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Poor kid, loses his way and suddenly, he is demonized for being stupid. How many youngsters on a lark end up needing a rescue? Quite a few. Give him a break...I know I have.

vegandawg23 topcommenter

Could have eaten jimson weed. That was my first thought when reading this. Don't know if it's native to the forest though. 


The two hikers could have been using drugs, but dehydration and/or heat stroke are much more likely reasons for hallucinations. I once in my (rather small) backyard I became dehydrated and could barely find my way to my own door. If you don't know the symptoms of dehydration or heat stroke, you're in no position to judge.

949girl topcommenter

Were reporters able to ask him questions?  Because the first thing I'd ask him is what were they on!


so I guess the moral of the story = don't go hiking and experiment with psychedelics if you have no experience in either subject.

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