We don’t wish anything bad on anybody but there are times when serious accidents happen. Accidents that should have killed them yet they managed to survive.
I wanted to scour the internet and collect together the weird, the incredible, the dangerous, accidents that left the victim able to live on to tell the tale when it should have been much worse.
1. The Man with Half a Head
Let’s jump straight in with the story of Carlos Rodriguez. Carlos was involved in a serious car accident when he was 14-years-old after a heavy alcohol and drugs binge. The car that Carlos was in struck a pole, ejecting Carlos through the windshield.
Despite the accident causing so much damage, doctors were able to help Carlos survive by cutting away large amounts of flesh and bone. He lives quite comfortably now in Miami, Florida.
2. Lightning Strikes Same Man Twice
Let’s rewind back to the year 2013 where Casey Wagner was attending a rodeo in Texas. He noticed heavy storm clouds gathering above so he and a friend decided to take shelter under a tree (never a good idea). So we have a couple of guys under a tree with lightning going off, can you guess what happens?
Casey says “I saw a big old flash and then I knew I was going down,”. And so he did—but he barely had time to register the shock of the first strike before a second bolt struck his right foot, traveled all the way up his body, and came shooting out of his left arm.
The odds of this happening are silly so the odds of actually surviving something like this are even crazier. Other than a little bit of numbness and soreness, Casey came out of this pretty unscathed.
3. Fishing Spear Through Head
This next accident involves 16-year-old Yasser Lopez and a gas-powered speargun.
In one moment it was like any other relaxing fishing trip but the next, Lopez had 3 feet of fishing spear hanging out of his head and never lost consciousness once.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Lopez said, “I remember holding a fish my friend had caught, and then falling into the water. Then just seeing the spear in my head.”
The tip of the spear had gone right through and was pressing on the back of his skull. He couldn’t initially remember much about the accident but has over time, regained some thanks to the physical therapy. Doctors however, expect him to make a full recovery.
4. Submerged In Freezing Water For 80 Minutes
In 1999, Anna Bågenholm, an orthopedic surgeon was involved in a skiing accident that she never should have been able to walk away from.
While skiing, Anna lost control of her skis and fell headfirst onto a frozen stream and somehow slid through an opening into the water. She was literally trapped beneath the ice.
Anna was able to find an air pocket to help breathe and she suffered circulatory arrest due to the cold temperatures after 40 minutes. In total, she sat in the water for nearly an hour and a half causing her body temperature to drop to as low as 56.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
For Anna to be saved it took a team of over 100 medics nine hours to bring her back to life. It took an extra two months for her to fully recover from her paralysis and gain back most of her bodily functions.
5. The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs
There was actually around 260,000 people that survived the bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki but this incredible man lived through ‘both’ blasts and went on to tell the tales.
29-year-old naval engineer Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip for his employers. Early one morning, Yamaguchi looked up as he heard aircraft flying overhead, only to see an American B-29 bomber soar over the city and drop a small object connected to a parachute.
The shock wave from the blast was so powerful, it sucked Yamaguchi up from the ground, spun him in the air like a tornado and sent him hurtling into a nearby potato patch.
Sixteen hours after the explosion, President Harry Truman gave a speech that revealed the existence of the atom bomb for the first time. “It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe,” he said. “The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.”
Still, Yamaguchi pulled himself into work where he was giving a full report to a company director about Hiroshima. As he was doing so, another, stronger explosion went off outside. Yamaguchi dropped to the ground just seconds before the shock wave shattered the office windows and sent broken glass and debris careening through the room. “I thought the mushroom cloud had followed me from Hiroshima,” he later told the newspaper The Independent.
In the days the followed, Yamaguchi’s hair fell out, the wounds on his arms turned gangrenous, and he began vomiting incessantly. He was still languishing in a bomb shelter with his family on August 15, when Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced the country’s surrender in a radio broadcast. He went on to make a recovery and live a relatively normal life.
6. Chainsaw Decapitation
It was in the May of 1984 when 74-year-old Forthman Rexdale Murff was cutting down trees for the local timber company. As he cut down a large tree, it struck others on its way down sending branches and tree limbs flying everywhere and leaving Murff unconscious on the ground.
Forthman’s recollection of the event picked back up with the realization that his left leg was broken, and his left foot was crushed. He had landed on top of his chainsaw leaving the jagged metal teeth to chew through the front of his neck, through his esophagus, through all four jugular veins, and almost everything else connecting his head to the rest of his body. The blades didn’t stop until they reached his spine. By then his head was affixed to his shoulders by only his spinal column, some skin on the back of his neck, and a bit of tissue near his spine which included his carotid arteries.
Because the muscles in his neck had been bisected, he had to use his hands to hold his own head upright atop his shoulders.
Forthman was able to survive in this condition until eventually reaching the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. After six surgeries and after fighting off several infections, Forthman recovered almost fully from his ordeal.
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