LEMONT, Illinois -- A rock climber is lucky to be alive after surviving a 50-foot fall.
A 50-foot fall is roughly the equivalent of falling five stories.
Seamus Hehir, 26, was climbing Kentucky's Red River Gorge with a friend in late April, when his equipment gave way.
"As I was falling, I fell outward across this boulder. I kind of glanced it off my back and grazed the back of my head as I flipped around the boulder," said Hehir during an interview with WBBM-TV.
He is recovering from a fractured neck and back. Surgeons placed two titanium rods in his spine for support.
Hehir is with family during his recovery. A fundraiser organized for him has raised nearly $45,000 so far.
"I get pretty emotional just knowing so many people are reaching out," said Hehir.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
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