DENVER - Parents of a Highlands Ranch mother who survived for days inside the wreckage of a crashed car say she is a fighter.
Kristin Hopkins, who turned 44 on Wednesday, remains in critical condition at last report. Doctors were forced to remove both of her feet.
Her flipped car was discovered Sunday by a husband and wife driving on U.S. Highway 285. They stopped after noticing some glare and notified authorities, never expecting the car's passenger to still be alive.
Investigators say Hopkins crashed sometime after she left work on April 27, the last time the single mother of four was seen before she was rescued.
"I know in my heart that she thought of her four kids," Connie Morgan, Hopkins' mother, said during an interview with ABC's Good Morning America. "'I have to stay alive. I have to get home to my babies.'"
Hopkins used a red and white umbrella to try to signal for help as she fought for survival in the crushed car, 140-feet below Highway 285.
"Need Dr! Hurt + bleeding," she wrote on one panel of the umbrella.
Another panel said, "Thirsty + hungry 6 days no food or water."
"She was using every means possible to get out of where she was," Hopkins' father, Glen Morgan said. "Connie had given her that umbrella because she didn't have one in the car and here she uses that umbrella to write messages."
Finally, a couple from Fairplay spotted the upside down car and decided to tell someone about it.
"We just happened to look at the right place, at the right time," said Andy Lombard.
"If they had waited too much longer, she probably wouldn't be here today," Connie Morgan said.
Hopkins faces at least one more surgery, GMA reports.
Her father says he is hopeful "because she is such a fighter, that she will make it work."
If you'd like to help the family, donations can be made to the Kristin Hopkins Donation Fund at any Chase Bank. The Kristin Hopkins Recovery Facebook page also has a link accepting donations via PayPal.