The human body is something we’ve come to understand pretty well thanks to modern science. Through research, trial-and-error, and advances in how we capture images of what’s under our skin, we know pretty much everything there is to know about the body. But, every now and then, medical scientists and doctors get hit with a baffling injury that completely defies everything they thought they knew about the body. This includes
- Objects piercing through the skull,
- Being frozen for hours,
- Being underwater for a long time.
Sure, we have shock magicians like David Blaine and Criss Angel sticking metal needles through their arms and burying themselves alive, but they’re masters of illusion and showmanship. Sometimes, regular, everyday folks like you and me get involved in gruesome accidents and survive the most unlikely of injuries.
Luckily for us, a lot of these near-fatal injuries have been captured for posterity. Here are some of the most unbelievable (and real) ones that we know of:
1. Ron Hunt — Drill to the head: A man from Truckee, California survived a freak accident, earning him the nickname of Miracle Man. Ron Hunt was standing on a ladder drilling into a surface when he fell. He dropped the drill first, and landed on top of it, face first. The 18-inch rod entered his skull through the eye socket and exited behind his right ear. Luckily for Hunt, the drill didn’t pierce his brain and he didn’t suffer any brain damage, just a lot of pain.
2. Paul Lewis — 10,000 ft fall: During a skydiving trip gone horribly wrong, a 40-year-old man from England jumped from a plane and fell on to the roof of a hangar. Miraculously, firefighters rescued him in one piece and he was treated for nothing but a few head and neck injuries.
3. Liu Cheong — Arrow to the eye: Two schoolboys in China were practicing their archery skills when one of them accidentally shot his friend. The 16-inch arrow went straight through the head of 11-year-old Liu Cheong. The arrow entered through his eye socket and was stopped from piercing his head by the back of his skull. Doctors were able to remove the arrow without causing any damage to the optic nerves or the brain.
4. Rachel Bailey — Internally decapitated: A woman from Arizona sustained a rare injury during a car crash. Her skull was torn from her spine, an injury that usually means instant death. Not only did she survive having her head detach itself from her body, she also survived becoming paralyzed for the rest of her life.
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