William Pike, a 22-year-old school teacher from Auckland, came to the attention of the nation on 25 September 2007 when, while tramping on Mt Ruapehu, he was critically injured during a volcanic eruption. Trapped inside the hut, surrounded by mud and rocks and in freezing temperatures, his friend went for help and when the rescue team arrived he was suffering from such severe hypothermia and not expected to survive.
Defying the odds, William then spent two months in Waikato Hospital, at first fighting for his life as his kidneys and liver shut down, and then in slow, steady recovery.
But, despite having had his lower right leg amputated, just barely keeping his left leg and facing yet more reconstruction surgery, William is philosophical about his life-altering injuries. William retells his miraculous tale of survival and reveals his plans for the future with infectious optimism and an approach to life that has remained intact - Every Day's A Good Day.
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