"He had a moment of time that he was getting ready to take his final breath, and when he saw that helicopter coming and he heard that," said Jaussi. "It gave him the power to keep going."
This accident occurred while Curtis was bear hunting in central Idaho. He went to get his gun out of his bag, and it accidentally discharged into his leg. Now that his recovery is going better than doctors expected and he could be back home in Idaho City by Sunday.
Colette said she has been overwhelmed by the support of family, friends, and even complete strangers. Because his amputation happened above the knee he will need a more expensive prosthetic. A fund was set up and has already raised more than $12,000.