Dumbass who followed her GPS into the desert and was missing for days now wants others to pay for her stupidity and medical bills.
And you should know that as soon as she was released from hospital she immediately resumed her trip rather than return home, get a job and pay her own bills.
But she whines about having “sore feet” having walked only 11 miles. (Look at the pictures and all will be explained.)
Far as I’m concerned anyone donating is an enabler of bad behavior who is thwarting Darwin.
Amber VanHecke, 24, was airlifted to a hospital and treated for exposure, dehydration and sunburn.
Since being rescued, VanHecke said she’s been trying to stay off of her sore feet.
She set up a GoFundMe Thursday morning to raise at least $1,200 to pay for her medical expenses and the cost of car repair.
So far, she’s raised $1,780.
‘I know I am asking a lot and I am sorry. I am doing my best to get by for myself but I hadn’t planned for something like this,’ VanHecke wrote on her campaign’s page.
The day after she was rescued, Vanhecke resumed her sightseeing.
‘There’s this word that really suits me – it’s called Fernweh,’ she told ABC News. ‘It means a longing for places you’ve never been and that’s basically me. It’s like wanderlust, but sounds fancier.’
VanHecke set off in her Ford Edge on March 10 near the Canyon’s South Rim in Arizona. After following her GPS down a road which didn’t exist, she ran out of gas and became stranded on March 12.
She spent five days surviving on emergency food and water while waiting for someone to rescue her.
Eventually on March 17, she abandoned the vehicle and walked 11 miles to find a phone signal to call local authorities for help.
VanHecke was eventually rescued by an air ambulance pilot as she walked back to her car where she had left notes for anyone that might come across it.
The trip began on March 10 as a sightseeing excursion. VanHeck shared details of her plans on Facebook and posted a photograph of herself in her packed-up car.
On March 12, she entered Havasu Falls Trail Head in Supai, Arizona, into her Google Maps but was led down a road which didn’t exist.
‘I turned anyway and figured I’d see the road momentarily. It was getting dark. I came up to a fence with no roads in sight. Panicked since GPS stopped working, too.
‘Finally found it but was at 0 to empty. Parked by the first man made structure I found and decided to wait til daylight. Turns out my reserve was exhausted, too,’ she explained on Facebook after being rescued.
VanHecke had installed an app which would send relatives her coordinates if they texted her a trigger phrase but without phone signal, she said it was useless.
For the next five days, VanHecke said she survived on nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
She told DailyMail.com how she cooked ramen noodles on her dashboard at the hottest part of the day for meals.
On one of the days, a truck flew past her without spotting her car which was in the shadow of a disused water container.
Afterwards, she made a barricade along the path to prevent any more cars from passing her by but none came.
Desperate, she started filming videos for her friends and family.
She made 10-foot-tall ‘SOS’ and 30-foot-tall ‘HELP’ signs on the ground out of rocks, and flashed her headlamp into the sky at night.
On March 17, tired of waiting for rescue, she made the bold decision to abandon shelter and walk 11 miles for phone signal.
She left notes at the car explaining that she was walking east for help in case anyone came across it and wanted to find her.
She was able to make a brief call to 911 explaining the emergency but lost service half-way through. It was enough to spark a rescue effort and 40 minutes later, an air ambulance pilot spotted her car and the signs she had left.
They found her nearby moments later and took her to hospital to be treated for exposure and dehydration.
She is also using a cane to walk because her feet are ‘tender’ from all the walking, she said.
Speaking to DailyMail.com on Thursday, VanHecke said she was convinced she was going to die.
‘I did start thinking I would die out in the desert alone.’
Jonah Nieves, the pilot who found her, said it was her impressive survival skills that kept her alive.
‘She was a survivor, she did a lot of things that helped her survive. Those notes were clues and those clues led us to where she was,’ he said.
VanHecke has returned to classes at The University of North Texas in Denton where she studies International Business and Diplomacy with a minor in Alternative Dispute Resolution.