A paraglider broke his back and fractured his skull in a terrifying accident but still managed to walk out of the Brazilian bush and hitch a ride to his hotel.
Thomas Antalffy, from London, remembers circling through the air in a freefall towards the floor before waking up the next morning covered in blood.
Friends and colleagues on his expedition called the police when he did not return to the hotel in Valadares, Brazil, that night on February 23.
Thomas Antalffy, from London, suffered horrendous injuries in a paragliding accident - but still managed to take a selfie (right) and hitch a ride back to his hotel
But the next morning when he awoke, he managed to hail his 20kg kit bag to the highway and flag down a truck to take him back to the hotel.
He did not realise that he had broken his scapula and numerous vertebrae, cracked his skull, and blood was pressuring his brain, until days later when he went to hospital.
'I remember one shoulder hurting, but other than that I didn't feel any pain. I even took a selfie,' Mr Antalffy told CNN.
The 54-year-old Hungarian entrepreneur had travelled to Brazil from London with other enthusiasts for a planned two-week trip.
His friends thought that he had sustained only minor injuries when he returned to the hotel, around a week into the trip.
He went to the hospital, which was under pressure from a yellow fever outbreak, and returned to the hotel heavily sedated.
His wife Anita Dangel, who had stayed home in London, was unable to reach him as he slept for nearly two days and eventually got hold of the hotel to find out what had happened.
He asked her to come to his aid, which convinced her that something was seriously wrong as he does not like to ask for help, she said.
'That was a red light for me. He's so independent; if he can do something on his own, he will,' she told CNN.
Doctors suggested they fly to a bigger hospital in Belo Horizonte, but they instead opted for a six-hour ambulance ride - a decision which saved his life.
'When we got here and they did a head scan, the doctors told us it was a miracle. He would have died if we had tried to fly with so much pressure on his brain,' added Mrs Dangel.
Mr Antalffy is still recovering three weeks later but the couple hope to fly home at the end of the month.