A 58-year-old Uruguayan man who disappeared four months ago in the remote Andes Mountains was found alive on Sunday, after he spent a brutal winter eating rats and raisins to survive, according to Uruguayan newspaper El Pais.
Raul Fernando Gomez got lost in May. He was trying to cross the mountains from Chile to Argentina on foot because his motorcycle broke down.
Argentine officials from the northwestern province of San Juan accidently found Gomez in an abandoned shelter 2,840 meters above sea level when they traveled there to record snow levels.
“The truth is that this is a miracle. We still can’t believe it,” San Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja told the local Diario de Cuyo newspaper.
Sugar, raisins, rats and the shelter’s leftover supplies kept Gomez alive through the winter; he lost 20 kilos during the ordeal and is dehydrated. He is now receiving medical attention.
A doctor who examined Gomez was surprised by the man’s toughness.
“He’s a patient with high blood pressure, a history of smoking and signs of undernourishment, but he’s going to be fine and in a few days we’re going to discharge him.”