[Hpn] Man spends three days trapped in sewer.....
Mon, 10 Sep 2001 21:04:46 -0400
Man spends three days trapped in sewer
Monday, September 10, 2001
Man rescued after spending three days trapped in Houston storm sewer
without food, water
HOUSTON - Kevin Funchess' trip to get some fried chicken turned into
three-day nightmare spent wedged in a storm sewer drain.
Firefighters rescued Kevin Funchess, 41, on Saturday after he was
finally able to reach his cell phone and call 911. He had fallen into the
manhole Wednesday night, and had been without food or water ever since.
Funchess was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon. He suffered
muscle damage, dehydration and irregular breathing.
Firefighters said the teacher's family had been trying to reach him
during the ordeal, but Funchess said he wasn't able to answer the phone.
"It truly is a test of faith," Funchess said in Monday's editions of
the Houston Chronicle.
Funchess was crossing a highway on his way to a fried chicken
restaurant when he fell into the hole. His head was jammed against the
wall and his left side was pinned so that he could only move his right
He struggled to reach the cell phone in his backpack, which was stuck
Until Saturday, he was unable to maneuver his hand to reach the
which rang several times. He yelled for help, but nobody answered.
Funchess said the street was nearly 3 feet above his head. He could
see a side of the freeway and the changes from day to night, but he "lost
all conception of time." He said he was grateful for the steady vibration
Funchess said he prayed, slept and thought about his students and his
grandmother. He said he didn't think about death.
"I was too close to home to die," he said.
Funchess said he was "stunned, dizzy, panicky" when he was rescued.
Funchess' family was concerned but thought he might be working or
staying with friends. Joann Cannon, his mother, said they didn't know he
missing until the 911 operator called Saturday.
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