Nicholas Cendoya, one of the teenage hikers lost for days in the wilderness after becoming disoriented on an Easter hike, was released from the hospital today.
Cendoya, 19, of Costa Mesa, Calif., had been receiving treatment for dehydration and other injuries at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo since his rescue Wednesday evening.
"The whole time I was lost, I felt the presence of Jesus and my friend, Carlos, who died last year of cancer," Cendoya said in a statement released by the hospital. "I felt they were both with me, inspiring me to stay alive."
Cendoya has not yet been able to reunite with his hiking companion, Kyndall Jack, 18, who was found Thursday morning shoeless and clinging to a ledge. It was unclear how the pair became separated.
Cendoya recalled the tense hours after his rescue, as he prayed that Jack would be found alive.
"I was so relieved to hear that Kyndall was found and will be OK. I can't wait to see her face-to-face and give her a big hug," he said. "I just want to see for myself that she's OK."
Jack was being treated at the University of California-Irvine Medical Center and was listed in stable condition on Saturday.
The teens set out for their hike near Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Easter, and when they didn't return, sparked a grueling four-day search as family and friends clung to hope.
Cendoya was located by another hiker Wednesday, disoriented and wearing no shirt and no shoes.
Rescue crews worked through the night, scouring the rough terrain in hopes of finding Jack, who was located Thursday morning.
"She was very dirty, up on a small little ledge ... in the fetal position holding on," L.A. County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Fred Wenzel told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. "She asked me what year it was. She thought it was the year 2030. She was very confused."
Cendoya said he felt immense gratitude toward the teens' rescuers and team of doctors.
"There are so many people to thank," he said.
The teens are believed to have gone off the trail near Holy Jim Trail, a tree-lined dirt path along a creek that leads to a waterfall and is popular with day hikers.
In the 911 call, they said they were about a mile from Jack's car, which was parked at a trailhead, but rescuers expanded the search when they weren't found nearby.
The area is in a section of the national forest in the Santa Ana Mountains, which lie along the border of Orange and Riverside counties southeast of Los Angeles. The trail ranges in elevation from about 2,000 feet to about 4,000 feet.
ABC News' Kevin Dolak contributed to this report.