Dianna Bedwell-Knutson. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff's department.
Dianna Bedwell-Knutson. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff’s department.
Dianna Bedwell-Knutson. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Sheriff’s department.

An Orange County woman who survived for two weeks after getting lost in a remote wilderness area near Warner Springs — an ordeal that killed her husband — is making good progress toward regaining her health, a lawyer who represents her said Monday.

Dianna Bedwell-Knutson, 68, is staying at a rehabilitation facility in the Palm Springs area and “appears to be on a path to recovery,” Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred said.

“She thanks the public for their support and deeply appreciates all of the prayers for her recovery,” Allred said.

The Anaheim woman and her husband, 79-year-old Cecil Knutson, got lost while trying to take a shortcut from Valley View Casino in Valley Center to their son’s home in La Quinta on the afternoon of May 10, according to sheriff’s officials.

Their 2014 Hyundai Sonata wound up getting stuck in a gully off a dirt road in a little-traveled section of Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. The couple remained alone in the rugged locale, eating what little food they had with them and collecting rainwater to drink, until someone on an off-road vehicle happened by and found them on May 24. By then, Knutson was dead.

Bedwell-Knutson was admitted to an intensive care unit at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. She subsequently was transferred to two other hospitals before entering the care facility where she is getting further treatment and rest this week, according to Allred.

— City News Service

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