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Trapped American shares inspiring video message from Turkish cave: ‘Close to the edge’ but doing better

The American speleologist and climbing instructor, who suffered a severe health episode causing him to become trapped in one of Turkey’s deepest caves, shared a video message to all of his supporters on the surface.

In the video, Mark Dickey, 40, said that he was “close to the edge” after he became sick and suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding during an expedition in the Morca cave in southern Turkey’s Taurus Mountains. He was stuck more than half a mile under the ground and was partially unconscious for several days before he was given life-saving medical treatment.

“I am doing well,” Dickey said in the video shared by Turkey’s communications directorate. “As you can see, I am up. I am alert, I am talking. I’m not healed on the inside yet so I am going to need a lot of help to get out of here.”

“The caving world is a really tight-knit group, and it’s amazing to see how many people have responded on the surface,” he said in the video.

As of Friday morning, a fundraiser for his rescue has raised $50,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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