75-year-old with broken hip spends night in snow

Margie Rice. (Undated courtesy photo)

BELMONT, Mich. (WOOD) — A 75-year-old woman spent all night outside in the snow after breaking her hip.

Sometime after 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Margie Rice was walking back from the gas station down the street from her home on Post Road in Belmont. She was just steps away from her front door when she fell, breaking her hip.

Rice’s family said they later found a trail of blood showing where she had dragged herself along on her elbows, trying to make it to the door.

But she lost strength before she got there. She spent at least 13 hours in the snow in freezing temperatures — Storm Team 8 says it dropped to 12 degrees that night — wearing a winter coat, pants and loafers, but no socks or hat.

Her son found her around 9 a.m. Monday.

“When he first found her, he wasn’t even sure she was alive. Then he turned her over to see if she was and he saw that her nose was pushed flat into her face. And he finally saw her breathing just a little bit,” Jerene Michaels, the son’s girlfriend, said. “She was alive, but barely.”

He ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

Thursday, she remained in a hospital recovering.

“Guardian angel working overtime, that’s all I can say,” Michaels said.

In addition to a broken hip, Rice has frostbite on her toes and neck injuries.

Family said they hope she will be released from the hospital next week.

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