ROOSEVELT — A respiratory therapist at Uintah Basin Medical Center is facing a lengthy recovery after suffering a stroke, but hospital spokesman Gary Child said the outcome could have been much worse were it not for an anonymous group of good Samaritans.

Child said the man, whom he could not identify due to federal medical privacy laws, was cross-country skiing alone near Farm Creek in Uintah County on Jan. 13 when he suffered a stroke.

"He was found at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, after laying in the snow, by some snowmobilers," Child said. "Given another hour he would have been dead; he would have laid out there all night."

The snowmobilers who found the man brought him to UBMC's emergency room, then left without giving their names to anyone or providing a way to contact them.

Child said the man has no family in the area, and his absence wouldn't have been noticed until it was too late.

"Nobody would have missed him until he failed to show up for work," Child said.

UBMC is hoping the individuals who helped the man will come forward so they can be recognized.

"We appreciate their heroism, their willingness to get involved," Child said.