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It’s not every day someone can suffer a 100-foot fall and be rock climbing again less than six months later.

“There’s a reason it wasn’t my time. The biggest thing I’ve realized is that I have a purpose here now,” Brig Murdock, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told St. George News.

Murdock’s recovery has been “life-changing and inspiring for him,” and he is now preparing to serve a full-time LDS mission, the article said.

Murdock, 22, was working as a canyoneering guide and on a trip with two vacationers in southern Utah in August 2017 when the fall occurred. After belaying his guests to the bottom of a technical slot canyon in Birch Hollow, it was his turn to rappel. According to the article, he accidentally hooked himself to an unanchored rope, free falling 100 feet down the cliff.

“For a couple seconds, I didn’t know if I was going to make it,” Murdock told St. George News. “But a couple of seconds later, I felt myself breathing, and I could hear the people in my group screaming.”

“I looked up at the sky and said, ‘Heavenly Father, get me out of here,'” Murdock said.

Lucky for him, he fell into a mud pile. It was miracle after miracle, Murdock said in the article, as one of the vacationers was a trauma nurse who took care of him, and somehow they had radio coverage at the bottom of the canyon.

When he was finally airlifted to the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George the next morning, an MRI showed a fractured pelvis and a compression fracture in his back among various scrapes and bruises — but nothing he couldn’t fully recover from, Murdock said.

He spent only 28 hours in the hospital and left on crutches and a back brace. No surgery or even physical therapy was necessary during his recovery.

Murdock is currently serving a part-time service mission for the church “where he said he often uses the story of his accident to teach people in a California state prison near San Diego,” according to the article.

The entire article can be found at stgeorgeutah.com.



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