"We Weren't Meant to Die," Says Rescued Hiker

Nicolas Cendoya released from Mission Hospital on Sunday

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    The mother of Nicholas Cendoya, the hiker who was lost for four days in an Orange County forest, said she is glad he's alive but fears him going on another hike. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Published Sunday, Apr 7, 2013)

    When Nicholas Cendoya told his mom he wanted to return next week to the same hiking trail that he and a friend got lost on for four days, prompting a massive search and rescue operation, she had four words for him.

    "Over my dead body," Nubia Cendoya said.

    Lost Hiker Thought He Was Going to Die

    [LA] Lost Hiker Thought He Was Going to Die
    Nicholas Cendoya, who was lost in an Orange County forest for four days, said he didn't know whether he'd make it out alive. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Published Sunday, Apr 7, 2013)

    She spoke as she and her 19-year-old got ready to leave the hospital on Sunday where he was treated for a concussion, dehydration and cuts since Wednesday night.

    Nicholas Cendoya said that he ate and sucked plants to survive and was very much looking forward to going home.

    Rescued Hiker "Lucky to be Alive"

    [LA] Rescued Hiker "Lucky to be Alive"
    Nicholas Cendoya talks about how he survived being lost in an Orange County forest for four days. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2013. (Published Sunday, Apr 7, 2013)

    "I'm excited for my first home-cooked meal," he said.

    Cendoya and his friend Kyndall Jack got lost during an Easter Hike in the rugged Trabuco Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest. Cendoya was rescued on Wednesday night. Jack was rescued the next day. She remains hospitalized as does a deputy who fell 60 feet during a rescue attempt.

    Raw Video: "We Weren't Meant to Die"

    [LA] Raw Video: "We Weren't Meant to Die"
    Talking to reporters outside a hospital in Mission Viejo, Nicolas Cendoya talks about the days he spent lost in the Trabuco Canyon area, how he almost died and the constant hallucinations that had him second guessing reality. This video was recorded on Sunday, April 7, 2013. It has been edited for time. (Published Sunday, Apr 7, 2013)

    Cendoya said he was in and out of consciousness during the ordeal.

    "The last thing I could tell you was going into a lucid dream," he said during a press conference outside the Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo in Sunday. "I can't even tell you when I woke up. I was in lucid dreams and hallucinations for days.

    Hiker Says Being Lost Was "Test From God"

    [LA] Hiker Says Being Lost Was "Test From God"
    Nicholas Cendoya was recovering in a hospital after being rescued from the Cleveland National Forest late Wednesday night. Cendoya and his hiking companion, Kyndall Jack, got lost after going on a hike on Easter Sunday. Angie Crouch reports from Mission Viejo for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013. (Published Friday, Apr 5, 2013)

    "I could see the helicopters flying over me every day. When the firefighters came up to me, I couldn't even believe it. We weren't meant to die."

    Jack, who was rescued a day after Cendoya and was sent to a different hospital than Cendoya, sent a message to her hiking companion, thanking him for helping both of them survive.

    Hiker Lost For Days Continues to Recover

    [LA] Hiker Lost For Days Continues to Recover
    Kyndall Jack remained hospitalized Friday following a four-day ordeal, stranded in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County. Despite being lost in the forest without food or water since Easter Sunday, Jack has no broken bones or internal injuries. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013. (Published Friday, Apr 5, 2013)