Sometimes, despite everything and in defiance of science, people are able to endure the experiences that should really have killed .
Take these five stories, for example, people who impaled, crushed, and literally flown -. And survive to tell the tale
A stick through the brain
First impaled through the brain is usually fatal because the brain controls all kinds of things we think about – breathing, heart rate and blood pressure, for example. However, in 1848, railroad worker Phineas Gage survived being impaled by a rod of 3.5 feet, 13 pounds was using to pack a hole with explosives.
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As the 25-year-old went to greet coworkers, an explosion in the hole shot in the bar heavy iron through Gage jaw, brain and skull, like this . As a javelin, the rod landed several yards away. Unlike a lance carrying a brain with it. Gage lived another 12 years, saddled with a drooping eyelid, seizures and dramatic emotional and cognitive problems. He remains a subject of fascination for medical today.
forced through a small orifice
moving at high speed through a hole that is much smaller than your body can result in skin stripped, dislocated joints, broken bones, organs and crushed or punctured. That’s what happened with Matthew Lowe welder in 2008 when his monkeys were trapped in a machine factory carrying metal parts.
felt his skin and his arm scam ear pressure as the mechanism pulled him through an opening 5 inches, dragged along the conveyor belt. The machine spat at him, yelling, from the other end with a broken back, pelvis, hips and ribs and stomach and intestine broken. Six operations and many metal pins later, the 25-year-old Lowe was back to work at the factory, hoping to leave the factory floor by training as a supervisor.
Falling on an air hose
Allowing air into the body in any way but through the airways can kill. An air bag, or stroke, can enter the bloodstream and travel quickly to the brain, causing rapid death. However, factory worker Steven McCormack New Zealand survived an accident in 2011 in which he fell, the cylinder head in the nozzle of an air hose.
screamed as his skin is separated from the fat and muscle while high pressure air fills much of the space available, expanding your body to almost twice its normal size. In the hospital, the man puffed found that doctors could not do much, so he waited for deflates -. Noisily
McCormack went home with medication and incredible story to tell. How did he survive? placing the mouthpiece – the gluteus drilled, but does not hit any major
Caught in an up-up-up current
When paraglider 35 years old, Ewa Wisnierska was by a landslide practice in 2007 as storm clouds gathered above it, the result was a flight unscheduled through the field of Australia in little more than the clothes he was wearing.
Strong winds brought it up to 70 feet per second at just over 30,000 feet above the ground and pushed, frozen and battered by hail reportedly the size of tennis balls, about 40 miles from where it started . Wisnierska fell unconscious during the flight, but came to after a while to push herself from the sky and exploitation. Its main injury? Freezing.
left the sky
We humans have a difficult relationship with gravity. We appreciate it and to help you stay grounded and keep objects in the left. But we must also be concerned about the fall, either from a chair, up the stairs, or in the case of New Zealand Michael Holmes, from heaven .
After jumping from an airplane in 2009, parachuting instructor they ended with both his main parachute and backup duct disabled. Reported falling at a rate of 70 miles per hour, which should have died of internal injuries. Instead, the lucky jumper landed in a blackberry bush, holding only a broken ankle and a collapsed lung.