Amanda Eller, 35, went hiking in Hawaii's Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 but became lost when she walked deeper into the reserve, which covers more than 800 hectares, instead of heading back to her vehicle as she believed.
Searchers Troy Helmer, Javier Cantellops and Chris Berquist spotted Eller from the air, foraging for food without shoes or socks.
Eller's mother, Julia, said she "elated" by the good news. "She is so incredibly grateful for the coverage that you have given this and how you have played a huge part in getting her home". She appears publicly for first time since being found.
"I looked up and they were right on top of me", she said.
The 35-year-old doctor of physical therapy was at a place where she could no longer go forward because of the terrain.
During her ordeal, Ms Eller lost about seven kilograms, Javier Cantellops, one of the people who set out to search for her, told CNN.
"Sure enough, God willing, she was right there", Javier Canetellops, a search coordinator who was in the helicopter, told reporters.
It had been more than two weeks that she had been lost in a thick Hawaiian forest, and Amanda Eller was at an end.
Her boyfriend reported her missing on May 9, the same day her auto and cell phone were found in the parking lot of the Kahakapao Loop Trail of the Makawao Forest Reserve. She fell 20 feet off a steep cliff, fracturing her leg and tearing the meniscus in her knee, according to her friend Katie York.
Hundreds of volunteers canvassed the island for the missing Maryland native in a search that has also included tracking dogs, helicopters and drones. "I was bawling like a baby".
Eller had meant to go on a short trail walk, one she had done before.
Her mother, Julia Eller, said her injuries were all treatable, including severe sunburn.
Amanda Eller was rescued from the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui, Hawaii, on May 24, 2019, after going missing 16 days earlier. Knowing there was little she could do to help the search from so far away, Olenik spent her time sharing Eller's story and helping those who never met Eller realize that she wasn't just some missing hiker, but a loving friend and a member of the Tampa Bay community.
She had gotten lost after leaving the trail to rest, the New York Times said.
"She was in deep deep H'aiku", Berquist said. Eller is a fighter, she said.