Oroville mother fights off bees after giving birth lost in forest

A shortcut turned into a four-day ordeal for a pregnant Oroville woman, who ended up giving birth alone and lost in the Plumas National Forest. Amber Pangborn went into labor last week, and made her way up to her parents' house off Highway 70.

"I was told about this back road and people had shown it to me a few times but I'd never driven it myself," Pangborn said.

After awhile, she found herself low on gas and without cell phone service. At about 5 a.m., she gave birth to her daughter, Marissa. The new mom was low on water, and only had four apples. "I was just thinking, oh my gosh, I wasn't sure if we were actually going to get out of here," Pangborn said.

With Marissa in her arms, Amber had to fight off bees and mosquitoes.

" The meat bees came out and were trying to get the placenta, I was trying to get them not to sting her and I got stung trying to keep them away from the baby. But they went into the placenta," Pangborn said.

On Saturday, she was able to start a fire, which was spotted by the U.S. Forest fire detection system.

"The fire just went WHOOSH and shot up the mountainside. And I was looking at Marissa ... and I was like, 'I think mommy just started a forest fire'," Pangborn said.

A few hours later, a CAL FIRE helicopter found Pangborn and were able to direct a rescue team.

"I was just crying, I thought we were going to die. I was just so glad that someone had seen us and we were going to be okay," Pangborn.

Amber and her daughter Marissa were originally admitted to Oroville Hospital on Saturday. Marissa was later taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento Sunday for further observation.


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