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Recovery continues for Coweta grandmother who went missing

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Eleanor Alexander was found about a mile from her Coweta County home, after being missing for three and a half days. Eleanor Alexander was found about a mile from her Coweta County home, after being missing for three and a half days.
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A Coweta County grandmother whose disappearance led to a massive search last weekend continues to recover in the hospital.  Family members say 78-year-old Eleanor Alexander is getting better every day.  

Alexander went missing last Saturday, and soon after, a large-scale search began for her near her home.  Crews searched for days on the ground, and finally she was discovered in the woods about a mile from her house.  She was rushed by helicopter to the hospital, where she has been recovering ever since.

Becky Alexander, her daughter-in-law, told FOX 5 on Saturday that she hopes her mother-in-law will continue to improve.  Yet, she's quick to remind visitors that Eleanor is not out of the woods yet.  She's talking, and at times she understands and even remembers the life-threatening ordeal she's been through.

"She may mention that she was scared out there, but there are times when she doesn't realize what happened or remember what happened," Becky Alexander explained.

Because of that, her family may never know exactly what happened to her.  Eleanor suffers from dementia, and her family became extremely concerned that she didn't have her medication.  Her most severe injuries when she was found were dehydration and bug bites, and she's continuing to struggle with that now.

Though doctors aren't giving the family a timetable for when Eleanor will be released from the hospital, her family believes it will happen because of her strength—which is the same reason that all along, they believed she would be found.

"Last week at this time, we were scared and nervous and worried and frantic," Becky Alexander told FOX 5 on Saturday.  "And tonight, we're elated and happy and grateful and relieved."

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