Crowdfunding page set up to pay for 'hefty' medical bill after Kiwi woman spent three days in US desert with broken pelvis

A Kiwi woman who spent several days in a US desert, drinking her own urine to survive is being supported by a crowdfunding page set up to help with medical costs.

Claire Nelson had to resort to drastic measures to survive the US desert after she fell while hiking. Source: 1 NEWS

Claire Nelson, from Auckland, was hiking through Joshua Tree National Park when she slipped, breaking her pelvis and rendering her immobile.

The 36-year-old spent three days in the desert before she was found and airlifted to a hospital in Palm Springs, California.

Ms Nelson has medical travel insurance but "the bill is still going to be hefty", the GoFundMe page states.

"Two helicopters, round-the-clock meds and opioids, multiple x-rays and CT scans, surgery by a pelvic specialist and ongoing physical therapy... It sure adds up.

"We’d be so grateful for any contributions to these medical costs, no matter how small. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Claire Nelson is asking for help with her medical costs after breaking her pelvis in a US desert. Source: GoFundMe / Claire Nelson



'I knew something sinister had happened' - Kosmo the police dog's handler describes the night he thought he would lose his partner

Christchurch's heroic police dog Kosmo is on the road to recovery following the attack from an alleged offender, they were in pursuit of on Thursday night.

The four year old German Shepard sustained a 4cm cut to his throat and was missing in the dark for approximately 20 minutes.

His handler Constable Regan Turner said he knew something sinister had happened when he couldn't find Kosmo.

He said there was no street lights where they were, near Kaiapoi, so it was hard trying to find him in the dark.

"It was a big game of hide and seek."

The hardest bit to swallow was running back and forth past him, but not being able to see him, said Turner.

Constable Turner says he saw the big pool of blood before he saw the cut.

"I lay down beside him and jammed my thumb in his throat to stem the bleeding.

"I definitely thought he was gonna die."

Kosmo, the Christchurch Police dog is back home resting after being stabbed in the line of duty Thursday night. Source: 1 NEWS

"It felt like the helicopter took ages to turn up", said the dog handler, "but to see them land next to us, it was reassuring."

The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust airlifted Kosmo to hospital, where a team of vets saw to his injuries.

After a couple of nights at the vet's, Kosmo is heading home to lie in front of the fire. 

Constable Turner says it's been odd with him not being at home.

"He's part of our family."

The support from the wider New Zealand Police family was surprising to Constable Turner, who said he received messages of support from dog handlers all over the country.

Kosmo, who has been in service for two years, will be eased back into his duties after a few weeks of recovery. 

Constable Turner says he's certainly done his bit in protecting us and protecting me, with Kosmo being used on thousands of jobs throughout Christchurch.

"Nothing better than you working together as one."

Dog handler Constable Regan Turner says he ran past an injured Kosmo a couple of times on a callout where the dog was stabbed. Source: 1 NEWS

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Drones lift up latest Time cover in spectacular night-time display

Time have taken their magazine cover to new heights in their latest issue, 100 metres higher to be precise. 

Time teamed up with Intel and its Shooting Star drones to light up the night sky in California with a re-creation of the magazine's red logo and border.

The display required 958 drones to fly in close formation and the photo and video itself, was also captured using a drone.

The spectacular and creative display is being described as the beginning of the drone age.