MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last Thursday, Molokai resident Teri Waros was on her daily sunrise walk with her two dogs at the Kalaupapa Lookout when one of them pulled her the wrong way and she slipped off the edge.
The 59-year old says she slid about 150 feet down the cliffside before finally grabbing onto the root of a tree.
"I looked straight down and I could see the ocean," Waros said. "At one point, I said out loud, 'I don't want to die here."
Kalaupapa has some of the highest sea cliffs in the world, and Waros says the tree root in her hand — and another bracing her foot — were the only things keeping her from falling more than 2,000 feet to her death.
Waros says one of her dogs, Honey Girl, carefully walked down the cliffside and stayed with her.
"She found a ledge and sat down and would not leave the entire day. She stayed right there," Waros said.
Hours later, a friend looking for her, professional photographer PF Bentley, found her car by the lookout.
Waros' other dog, RC, was lying next to it, alone.
"I wasn't there and Honey Girl wasn't there, and he's the one who said something's not right here," said Waros.
Bentley says he went looking for Waros with his dog, Ehu Girl.
He says she took him to a spot on the ledge and she refused to move.
Firefighters were called, and Ehu Girl led the way.
"The firefighters, when they looked over the ledge, couldn't see me at first. But they could see Honey Girl. I remember thinking, I don't know how much longer I can hold on," said Waros.
Almost eight hours after falling, Waros was pulled up the cliffside in a basket and medevaced to Oahu for four days.
She says she broke her shoulder blade, arm, six ribs, and damaged a disc.
"I had no idea how injured I was until they put me in the basket and then there was a lot of pain," she said.
Waros is now back on Molokai, and a GoFundMe page for Waros was created to help with her medical bills.
And while she's still recovering, she says she's happy to be reunited with her dogs, her bookstore, and a community that she loves.
"This is my world. This is my home. And to see friends coming in this week, and neighbors, and people I don't know, it's overwhelming," said Waros.