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16 Feb 2016

If somebody who’s lucky comes into the world in a cowl, these folks were truly born in a life jacket. Please welcome our ranking of the very outstanding survivors have been so close to death they almost heard her breathing. =Top 10=

Vesna Vulovic: The Stewardess Who Survived a terrorist attack at 33,000 feet
On January 26, 1972, a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 departed from Copenhagen for Belgrade (via Zagreb) with 28 passengers and crew. At an altitude of 33,000 feet, a bomb within the cargo section, planted from the Ustashe Croatian separatist group, exploded. The plane disintegrated and crashed on the mountains. In what should be one of the greatest survival stories in recent history, stewardess Vesna Vulovic survived the 33,000 foot descent located on the tail of the plane. She wound up with a fractured skull, two broken legs, and three broken vertebrae - one of which was crushed and left her paralyzed from the waist down. 

Roy Sullivan: Struck by Lightning 7 Times
Roy Sullivan was obviously a Virginia Forest Ranger who'd an incredible attraction to lightning... or rather lightning had a place of interest to him. Over his 36-year career like a ranger, Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times - and survived each jolt, however, not unscathed. His seventh strike put him in the Guinness Book of World Records. His wife was also struck once, every time a sudden storm welled as she and her husband were out hanging wash around the back yard clothesline. On September 28, 1983, Roy Sullivan died when he was 71, reportedly of a self-inflicted gunshot wound over troubles unrelated to lightning. 

Truman Duncan: Decline in Two by a Train
Railroad switchman Truman Duncan fell off the front of a moving train car. He was swept underneath and decline in two. Despite losing both legs, 50 % of the blood and a kidney, Duncan called the paramedics on his cellphone, survived a 45-minute hold back until the ambulance arrived and took him on the hospital, where he persevered through 23 surgeries. Before wait he also was able to call his family. To inform them he was fine, apparently…

Aron Ralston: Amputated his lower right Arm to Survive the Mountains
On May 2003, while Aron Ralston was on the canyoneering trip in Blue John Canyon (near Moab, Utah), a boulder fell and pinned his right forearm, crushing it. After trying for five days to lift and break the boulder, desperation took him to great measures like carving his name, date of birth and date of death to the boulder, drinking their own urine because of not enough water and videotaping his last goodbyes to his family. Finally, a dehydrated and delirious Ralston made a decision to bow his arm against a chockstone and snap the radius and ulna bones. Using the dull blade on his multiuse tool, he cut the soft tissue around the break. He then used the tool's pliers to tear at the tougher tendons. 

Mauro Prosperi: Survived 9 days from the Sahara Desert
Prosperi, a keen endurance runner, took part in the 1994 Marathon with the Sands in Morocco. Throughout the distance a sandstorm caused him to get rid of his way. After 36 hours he ran out of food and water. He survived by drinking his very own urine, eating bats and drinking their blood, and also catching occasional snakes. Not needing to die a long drawn out death, he experimented with commit suicide from the mosque by slitting his wrists which has a pen knife he with him. The attempt failed - deficiency of water had caused Prosperi's blood to thicken and clotted the wound before he died. After nine days alone within the desert he was discovered by a nomadic family and brought to an Algerian military camp and following that to a hospital. He was 186 miles off route, and reportedly had lost about 18 kg in body mass.  =Top=


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