NADPS dispatcher tells his story of survival

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News 12 at 6 O'clock / Sunday, January 26, 2014


Aiken County, S.C. (WRDW) --
If you ask Anthony Kirkland what he was doing three weeks ago at this very second, his response would shock you, but the story of his survival, would leave you speechless.

"Either fight to stay alive or accept the situation and not do anything," said Kirkland.

While in his bathroom, sitting on the transfer bench, Anthony fell back into his shower. This was on Saturday morning.

"I knew that that duration of hours could be life-threatening," he said.

For the next 40 hours he laid there, unable to move, unable to get help. His cellphone was on the other end of his house.

"I could indeed die here laying in the tub," he said.

As the sun set and rose, then set again, Anthony realized had to fight for his life.

"Managed to actually break the plumbing so the shower would trickle water down," said the dispatcher.

Come Monday morning, going on almost two days in his tub, Anthony heard a voice he'll never forget.

"Started calling for me saying where are you at and that's when I able to yell out to him and say I'm in here in the tub, you know help me," he said.

A coworker there to take him to work, ended up taking him to the hospital.

"I'm being transported to an emergency facility with hypothermia and dehydration," said Kirkland.

He spent four days in ICU, and two weeks in rehab. Today, life isn't as complicated for Anthony.

"I wake up in the morning and I just I'm glad that I was here to wake up," he said.

The crucial moments waiting and hoping...are all he needed, to look at life in a different way.

"I have a complete new found appreciation for the simplicity of life itself," said Kirkland.