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Missing hiker gratefully returns home

Posted: March 20, 2014 6:28 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2014 6:28 p.m.

Injured hiker Brian Napoli is back at home in Valencia after more than a week in the hospital for injuries suffered in a fall down the rocky side of a mountain, he said this week.

“A whole week in there — I never thought that would have been the case,” Napoli wrote in an email, “struggling to cope with the emotional and mental toll it took. But it will take time.”

After undergoing a battery of medical tests throughout the week, Napoli was released Tuesday from Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

His troubles — which still include an internal injury to his lung — began with a hike in Towsley Canyon.

On a hike March 10 in Towsley Canyon, the 24-year-old College of the Canyons student fell down the rocky side of a mountain and lost consciousness. When he regained consciousness, the sun was setting.

He was lost, injured, hungry and thirsty as he endured a night outdoors.

Napoli was airlifted out of the canyon the next morning with seemingly minor injuries, but doctors found his injuries more extensive than at first thought, and Napoli went through surgery before being sent home.

The Valencia resident has a long list of people he wants to thank for his recovery: “all those who prayed and had good thoughts”; the nurses and doctors at Henry Mayo; Santa Clarita Search and Rescue; Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station; Los Angeles Police Department; Los Angeles County Fire Department; his church, Santa Clarita United Methodist; and one his employer, Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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