Rescued hiker Amanda Eller back home with family

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A woman who went missing for two weeks in a thick Hawaiian forest is out of the hospital and back home with her family. 

Amanda Eller was released from the hospital Saturday. 

She’d been there since she was found by search and rescue workers on Friday. 

The 35-year-old doctor of physical therapy said she went for a walk in the forest and got lost. 

Eller suffered a broken leg and a sunburn so bad it got infected. 

But she was able to survive for 17 days by foraging for food and water. 

 “Sleepless nights for sure when she was missing. I was really you know having a hard time thinking about how she was and what had happened. It was really challenging,” said friend Sarah Sparks. 

The aerial rescue team said Eller was found in a deep ravine situated between two waterfalls. 

They said they only had about 15 minutes of fuel left in the helicopter tank when they spotted her. 

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