Having been missing for over five years, Anton Pilipa's friends and family had nearly given up hope of finding him.
The former humanitarian worker left his Vancouver home in 2012 and trekked barefoot across two continents, even being mistaken for a beggar because of his appearance. The police officer that found him was able to identify him despite the fact he had no ID, and with the work of agencies and embassies he was reunited with his family.
Anton's brother Stefan told the Daily Mail that his brother's goal was to get to the National Library of Buenos Aires in Argentina, however when he made it there he was turned away as he wasn't carrying any ID. He continued on to Brazil where he was found and brought home. His family had set up a fundraising page to get Anton home raising over $12,000 to cover his flights and hospital bills.
Amazingly he survived by picking fruits and berries and scavenging food and clothes in rubbish piles, along with the help of strangers. Whilst in the Amazon jungle he managed to avoid poisonous snakes and spiders but did lose all 10 of his toenails.
Anton's brother opened up about his brothers struggles with mental health issues and says that he is now on medication for schizophrenia and back in Toronto. Stefan spoke to CBC Toronto about the emotional reunion with his brother: "I feel amazed that he's alive and had made it that far. I was really shocked. I didn't want to get my hopes up. His health was starting to deteriorate. We got him just in time."