Woman abandoned on mountain top during date from hell

2018-11-25 15:11
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A woman’s date abandoned her on top of a mountain after her hand got impaled on a tree stump, leaving her to fend for herself.

Australian Sarah Wylie (24) was left speechless when the man – who’d pursued her online for three weeks – seemed to be more concerned with getting his bloodied sock back on after the accident, than her welfare.

Sarah had organised a romantic first date in July to climb Queensland’s Mount Tibrogargan at sunrise.

“We decided to climb a mountain together for our first date. It sounded like a really nice idea and something a little different,” she said.

But during their descent disaster struck when Sarah slipped on a rock and began tumbling down a treacherous slope.

In a desperate attempt to save herself she grabbed onto a tree stump – and horrifically impaled her hand.

“As I was falling I looked behind me and noticed there was a tree stump so I tried to grab onto it. But instead I impaled my hand,” Sarah explained.

“It went into my palm and ripped all the way through to my middle finger. I knew straight away it was serious, as I could see the muscle fibres poking out of my hand.

“I’d never seen so much blood in my life.”

Covered in blood and frozen with fear, Sarah pleaded with her date to help rip off her vest in order to make a tourniquet for her hand. Instead, she says, he gave her his sock.

And to make matters worse her bemused date – whom she chose not to name – left her on the mountain because, Sarah says, he “needed to get to work”.

She says he offered his sock to help stop the bleeding but then quickly asked for it back before heading off alone.

Thankfully, a team of off-duty firefighters who were climbing the mountain at the same time witnessed the accident and came to Sarah’s rescue.

“As soon as I met up with him, I didn’t really get a good feeling from the very beginning,” she says of her date. “I could tell straight away it probably wasn’t going to work.”

Sarah says as she drifted in and out of consciousness her date decided it was the perfect time to make a swift getaway – but not without his bloodied sock.

“He had absolutely no idea what to do. He was trying to get reception on his cellphone so that he could call his work.

“He then said he had to go because he needed to go to work and had a lot of meetings. This was only 10 or 15 minutes after I fell.

“I was absolutely shocked at his behaviour.”

It took another three hours before Sarah could be abseiled down the mountain – which, she says, was one of the “most traumatic experiences” of her life.

She needed urgent surgery for her horrific injuries and had to get 22 stitches. She also temporarily lost all use of her dominant hand.

She says while she recovered in hospital she received a “bizarre” text message from her date – who later blocked her on all social media platforms.

“He asked me to send him photographs of my hand, which I did. He told me it looked like a zombie hand, as if this was a cool thing.

“The next day a local radio station reported on my story and said it happened while I was on a date. He then promptly sent me another text to tell me that this was, in fact, not a date at all.

“After that he blocked me on social media and I’ve never heard from him again.”

The harrowing experience has left her with permanent nerve damage and scarring on her right hand.

“It’s just been a complete nightmare. The amount of physical, financial and emotional drain this has caused me is unbelievable.

“I cannot fathom that a human being could do that in this day and age. I was completely alone, which added to the trauma.

“I haven’t been on any more dates since it happened. I just want to focus on myself and career right now.”

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