Woman Found After Two Months in Nev. Desert

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It was a Mother's Day miracle for one family -- a women who's been missing for nearly two months rescued and reunited with her love ones.

The family is now praying for another miracle. Her husband is still missing in a remote desert in Nevada.

Albert and Rita Chretien left their home in Canada seven weeks ago, embarking on a scenic drive to Las Vegas.

But the couple ran into trouble in a remote area in northeastern Nevada.

Their van got stuck in the mud.

After three days, Albert decided to go look for help. He never returned.

Rita managed to survive the harsh desert conditions alone for nearly two months. Several nights with temperatures dipping below freezing.

On Friday, hunters spotted the stranded van and found Rita inside.

"We were praying for a miracle, and, boy, did we get one," Rita's son Raymond said.

She survived by rationing small amounts of trail mix, getting water from a nearby creek, taking fish oil pills and eating one piece of hard candy a day.

But Rita said it was her faith that kept her strong.

"She's a Christian. She reads her Bible every day. She had books she was reading. She had time to think and pray and just prepare for whichever outcome. Whether it was to go home to be with her saviour or to be rescued," Raymond Chretien, the couple's son, told reporters.

Rita is recovering in the hospital. Doctors say she was just days from death.

"We got the biggest miracle we could ever have asked for, and there is still one more to come in," Chretien said.

The search continues for Albert. But bad weather and the rugged terrain are making search and rescue efforts difficult.

Roads in the area are confusing and hard to navigate and police aren't sure which way Chretien was heading.

The family is thankful for Rita's return -- now praying for another miracle.

"We do have faith, and we know that someone else is in control, and whatever the outcome, we can accept that," said Raymond.

"So again, we're celebrating, but we're also of course praying for another miracle and praying that it'll have the outcome that we desire. But we also will accept whatever it is. We just want to find him," he added.

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