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Injured hiker crawled for two days while carrying his broken leg

epa07849953 Bushwalker Neil Parker poses for a photograph at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, 18 September 2019. Neil Parker, 54, fractured his leg and wrist in the six-metre fall on 15 September while walking by himself in Cabbage Tree Creek on Mount Nebo, northwest of Brisbane. EPA/ALBERT PEREZ AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Bushwalker Neil Parker poses for a photograph at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane (Picture: EPA)

A hiker who broke his wrist and leg falling down a waterfall managed an incredible self-rescue by crawling for two days.

Neil Parker, 54, slipped and plunged down 20ft, snapping his leg when he reached the bottom.

He had gone out alone, and lost his phone in the accident so had no way of letting anyone know what had happened.

My left foot just below my ankle, clean snapped in half, he said. The whole bottom of my leg came loose.

Its not a compound fracture. Close to it. It didnt break the skin but I have whats called compound blisters on my skin which are eight or nine inches long.

I had to carry my leg, and legs are very heavy when theyre not connected to anything.

Bushwalker Neil Parker speaks to the media at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Neil Parker, 54, fractured his leg and wrist in the six-metre fall on Sunday while walking by himself in Cabbage Tree Creek on Mt Nebo, northwest of Brisbane. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING

Mr Parker speaks to the media at Princess Alexandra Hospital (Picture: AAP)

He survived by eating a protein bar and lollies from his pack, where he also stored painkillers.

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It was enough to last him the two days it took to cover 3km to a clearing, where he could be seen by rescuers, the Guardian reported.

Thinking of his family helped him find the strength to keep going, he said, saying: I wanted to be around for my kids.

Eventually he was seen by a helicopter and winched to safety.

He was taken to hospital in Brisbane, where he gave interviews to the media.

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