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The human body is a truly extraordinary thing. Sometimes the smallest thing can have an impact on the rest of your life, while other times the most horrific injuries barely leave a scratch. People can truly shock doctors with the way they bounce back. So, of course, Reddit created a thread asking for all the most amazing recovery stories, and boy did doctors deliver.

The stories are all across the board: we're talking gunshot wounds, car crashes, pregnancies, and long-term bone damage. Half of them sound like something out of a movie, but they're coming straight from the source so they've got to be true. You're going to need a strong stomach for this one because it is graphic.

You'll never look at the human body (or doctors) the same way again.

Unsurprisingly, stubborn old ladies make up a significant portion of people who refuse to die.

Palliative Care Doc.

I’ve seen my fair share of “How are you still alive??" patients.

96-year-old lady with dementia and multiple medical comorbidities. Had a “touch" of abdominal pain and a bit of a fever. CT showed lots of free air in the abdominal cavity (BAD) and a likely, perforated sigmoid cancer (also, BAD). The surgeons referred her to our service as they expected her to die without surgery.

Nope. She got better; started eating and pooping and went home after a week. She was the sweetest thing and lived on for about another year. I know, I know, probably became a sealed perforation yada yada, but still... the human body is amazingly resilient.

Quite a few other stories featuring similarly tough old birds.

-run_from_the_triffid

No one should provide 18 year olds with significant amounts of money.

Not a doc, but a nurse. I worked the floor (plain, boring stuff like infections and post surgery patients) and got floated to the ED. First (and last) shift in the ED. It’s a smallish hospital but the only one for over an hour drive for a huge population. Also, it’s rural population. It’s like 3AM, and thus far I had successfully avoided any interesting patients. Yay! Until this kid, barely over 18, rolls in from his buddy’s jacked up pick up with burns on his palms, his arms, his chest, the side of his neck and face and has crispy eyebrows. The big concern with facial burns can be if they got burns in their airway-major emergency then. But also, hand burns are a mess, that kind of burn can make your hands basically useless if not handled well. We are just stabilizing him to ship to a burn unit that’s like a three hour drive. Our ER doc is doing the assessment to be sure this guy isn’t going to die in the next 15 minutes, and the story comes out. These guys are all off-shore rig rough-neckers. They do 4-6 weeks on and then get weeks off back at home. Also, these guys get paid way more money than most 18-20 year olds can wisely manage and during the off-shore weeks have almost nothing to spend it on, so they come back to shore and blow it, on expensive trucks and booze and gambling frequently. These guys had all been (illegally) drinking on someone’s land and had a massive bonfire. Brilliant patient decided in his drunken state that they needed a bigger fire. So he dumped white gas (like you use for camp stoves or lanterns) from the gallon jug into the fire. Of course, the gas catches and the whole stream of it from the container catches fire, makes a big “whoosh" of flames and basically exploded in his face and hands. He got shipped but the doc told me he was lucky he was alive and didn’t end up with way worse burns than he did, but that basically there would be no way he was going to go back to working as a rough-necker. 18 years old and lost all chance at his (lucrative) career because he was dumb drunk. -aibhalinshana

It's a sad story, but drunkcicle is seriously hilarious.

Paramedics brought a guy in who was found slumped over and frozen to a metal bench. Literally his drink spilled, his pants got wet, and his ass was frozen to the bench. Core temperature was 81 degrees. Arms and legs were difficult to move because they were so cold. Couldn't lay him flat on the gurney. Would occasionally moan loudly. Throwing wild heart rhythms on the monitor. Got heated fluids, Warm packs all over his body. Heated air system (Bair hugger). In four hours, his temperature was 90 degrees and he started to wake up. Ends up that he was drinking a lot at a party and went outside to smoke a cigarette. Sat on the bench and passed out. Called himself a "drunkcicle." Left the hospital the following day. -PickleboatParsons

He only missed a week of work...I would definitely have milked this for at least a month.

Not a Doctor, but first responder.

Responded to a crash, there a snowmobiler who hit a fence, the t-post grazed his sled and then plunged directly into his thigh about 5 inches above his knee. It exited out his buttcheek. He was thrown from the sled and the barbwire ripped his coat off. The t-post was about 7 feet long and he had 2 feet sticking out his rear and 4 feet sticking out the front. He then proceeded to crawl about 1/5 of a mile to the closest house and throw rocks at the window until they opened the door. We then showed up, landed a helicopter. With the post being too long, we couldn’t fit him in the helicopter so he had to go by ambulance. It was almost 4 hours between when he crashed and when he made it to the hospital. I should note that it was about -10°F that night with 10-15 mph winds. No idea how he didn’t die from blood loss or freeze to death. He made a full recovery and only missed a week of work.

-TheOlSneakyPete

WEAR YOUR HELMET.

Protective gear for motorcyclists is no joke. Was doing paramedic clinicals at the ER when a guy who was racing at the local track came in. He lost it coming out of a turn and his unconscious body slid face-down along the straightaway before colliding with a wall. The guy was almost untouched, with no scratches or broken bones, but he did have a concussion. Every 30 seconds he would say, "Oh man, what happened?" and kept repeating himself over and over.

His helmet was sitting on the table next to him, and the front of the visor was just gone. The pavement had completely rubbed the center away to nothing. Without that helmet, he wouldn't have a face and probably would have died just from the initial head impact.

-pinkplacentasurprise

This one has a pretty sad ending, but is still wild.

Not a doctor but work at a hospital. There was a lady who jumped in front of a semi going about 60 mph on the highway. Not sure the extent of her physical injuries, but she only needed a couple months of physical therapy to be able to walk normally again. Sadly she successfully committed suicide a year later. -megs_n_bacon21

Nope nope nope nope nope to the saw Mohawk.

I’m an ENT and I’ve worked on MULTIPLE WTF face injuries. Lots of guys who attempt to kill themselves with a shotgun and blow their face off, but don’t kill themselves. One guy came in with a circular saw stuck in his skull. He tried to end his life while his wife was away by going face-first into a table saw. The Saw Stop went off and it only made it through his scalp and got stuck in his skull. His wife came home and he was stuck to the table. Came in with the whole thing stuck there like a Mohawk. Did totally fine! Another guy was doing construction and fell off a ladder. Only noted a scratch on his face and came in to be seen with terrible “sinus headaches." A CT showed that his nail gun had gone off, shot a nail through his cheek, went through his sinuses, and was lodged in his brain. He had no idea! -MadHerm0101

How do so many people get things going THROUGH their bodies?

Was peripherally involved taking care of a young lady who had been driving in a convertible with the top down. Was not wearing a seat-belt when she had a front end collision with a tree. The woman was expelled out of the car, missed the windshield (have no clue how), and flew straight into a tree branch that was pointed straight at her face. When the paramedics arrived, she was dangling from the tree, feet above the ground, with the branch penetrating the area just above her nose. They sawed the branch a few inches in front of her face and brought her to the ER.

A CT scan demonstrated that the branch had coursed an angle just below the base of the skull, penetrating the frontal sinuses, but not entering the brain. It was extracted in the OR, lady recovered entirely except for minor diplopia (double vision) which was corrected in a future surgery.

I don't really know why I choose to tell this one story since there are so many stories where a patient has dodged the bullet in a major accident. After a while seeing these situations, it becomes hard to have a true "how the heck did you survive that" moment. Some people survive because of luck, but in truth, there are some very talented physicians who increase the potential for a person to overcome a major injury.

-killdoc

This must have been an incredibly confusing sight.

Anesthesia here: got paged to the ER for a high speed motorcycle accident, patient was going over 100 mph when he crashed. Run down to the ER to see if FAST is positive and if we are going up emergently to the OR... ER doctor signals that’s him over there. Patient is walking out of the bathroom while is arm is in a sling. All he had were scratches a minor radial fracture. His mom was pissed at him though. Good thing he wore a helmet -00brown

This is why the phrase "ectopic pregnancy" fills me with dread.

Not me but my dad - he works as an anesthetist in a small local hospital. Apologies for any technical mistakes as I'm not a doctor myself but I'll do my best!

A woman in her early thirties comes in with an ectopic pregnancy which had actually ruptured her fallopian tube and caused unbelievable internal bleeding.

How she got to this stage is beyond me, but quote from my dad that night was "she had just enough blood to fill a fountain pen." She had something like 25 BPM heartbeat, basically no blood pressure, completely unresponsive (obviously), and was effectively dead upon arrival.

My dad and his colleagues were called in in the dead of night to this case and upon seeing her gave her a 0% chance of survival basically. But, as doctors do I guess, thought **** it nothing to lose and so decided to operate and try to do everything they can.

To make a long story short about 8 hours of operating and days upon days of ICU care later this woman recovered to the point where she walked out of the hospital two weeks or so later. I mean, this was literally a case of rising from the dead.

The amazing part? This woman was a Canadian airline pilot on holiday in Ireland when this all went down. A few months later she'd recovered sufficiently to be able to get her flying medical back as she sent my dad and the entire ER / ICU staff a picture of her in the flight deck back at work as well as flying back to Ireland to thank them all about a year later.

Absolutely stunning story, I'd never been prouder of my dad than with that case!

-Hookiebookie_

How do you not notice getting stabbed in the head?

My father was an ER Doc for 25 years, his best one was a guy who stopped to pick up a hitch-hiker late one night, on the freeway. The hitch-hiker tried to steal the car and force the man out while driving. A fight broke out, and the driver felt a big punch to his head. He managed to get the guy out of the car, but as he was driving and fighting the guy, he glanced up and saw something sticking out of his head in the rear-view mirror.

He drove himself to the ER, and when he walked in? The nurses thought it was some kind of a prank. The man had a knife handle sticking out of the top of his head. My father treated him that night. After debating over the phone with his partner, he just pulled the knife out. Guy was completely fine. The blade had gone perfectly between the lobes of his brain and hadn’t harmed him a bit!

-asu3dvl

What is with people going off multiple story buildings? Stop it you guys!

In no particular order:

A teenage girl who fell 7 stories and her only injury was a bad T spine fracture with paraplegia (bad injury for sure, but I have never seen someone fall more than 3 stories and survive)

A gunshot wound to the side of the face, through one cheek and out the other.

Gunshot wound to the back with a bullet lodged in the spinal canal... without any neuro deficits. I still don’t understand how this is possible.

Old lady who tripped and fell on some kind of spike on the ground (they were doing construction on the home, not exactly sure what she impaled herself on). Impaled underneath her chin and went through her mouth and past her hard palate. It somehow missed her brain and she was completely fine.

Old guy who drove his car off of the second story of a parking garage. No injuries and was discharged from the ED.

20 something male who basically T-boned a semi with his motorcycle at high speeds while illegally racing. He slid under the truck and basically amputated both legs and a lot of his pelvis. Terrible injury, but he survived.

-XRTFTW

It is still unbelievable to me that a high-speed piece of metal can go in your body and just "miss" the important bits.

Student here. Was on trauma this summer. We got a call that an Alpha (worst trauma code, whole team shows) was coming in—GSW to the neck. We hustle down there and everyone gets gowned up, expecting a ton of blood.

Guy gets wheeled in, and is awake and talking, hole in the neck and all.

He was indeed shot in his neck, just right of his trachea. We stuck him in the CT and looked at the images. Somehow or another, the bullet had tracked from his neck to his scapula, avoiding every single important structure in there: brachial plexus, carotid, thyrocervical trunk, subclavian artery, etc... he just rolled a nat 20 that day. They stitched him up, I don’t think he even was admitted for a full day.

-TheKnightOfCydonia

Oh no thank you. This sounds so wildly painful.

Not like "how the **** did you survive this?"  but more like "how the **** have you lived like this?"

I work in orthopedics as a scribe. I mainly see meniscal tears, rotator cuff tears, osteoarthritis (mainly in the knee or shoulder), carpal tunnel, etc.

I once had a lady come in who described an experience in high school where her knee got twisted "all the way around", where somebody bent her knee sideways towards her groin leaving her foot at her bellybutton. (Hopefully I described that well enough)

She walked with a significant limp, and it was obvious that she was in a lot of pain. She did not use crutches or any type of ambulatory assistance.

X-rays of her knee showed that the tibial and femoral plateau were basically of one unit. No cartilage remained, and the femur and tibia looked to be basically just one bone. On the lateral view of her knee (sideways view of the knee whilst slightly flexed), There was an osteophyte formation so large off of her patella that looked like it was a huge fireball. I have no idea how she went from high school to now, when she is about 65 years old, living like that.

Her knee was replaced, needless to say.

-KingCalebGx

Some people's bodies are just kind of weird, and in rare cases it saves their lives.

2nd year during my neurosurgery residency. Woman got shot execution-style (kneeled down on both knees; shot in the back of the head—think Boondocks Saints style) by her husband (who then shot himself).

In the ER the patient was barely breathing and had a hemoglobin of 5.0. There was so much scatter from the metal artifact on the CT of her head that we didn’t know what we were getting into, but we brought her emergently to the OR to do an exploratory craniectomy.

We made an incision and took off a flap of this thick, mangled skull where she was shot in the back of her head. Her shards of skull tore a massive hole in her superior sagittal sinus (big brain vein) that we had to repair. We found some small fragments of the bullet but no big slug.

When I went back to repair the portion of the skull we cut out to access her brain, I found the bullet embedded in her skull. As we get older, our skull thickens but this girl was young. She had an abnormally thick portion of her skull in the area where she was shot. After the case was over I looked back at her CT and it was a miraculous abnormality.

The patient ended up surviving with no neurological deficits. She is a completely normal and high functioning individual in society at this time. This strange thickened portion of her skull saved her life. If she would have been shot anywhere else in her head at point-blank, she would have undoubtedly lost her life.

I’m not one for fate or a higher power but this story always gives me goosebumps.

-HopDoc

This is a man truly committed to finishing the job.

Emergency Nurse. Once had a guy come in who had been cutting a tree with a chainsaw when it hit a knot in the wood and kicked up into his neck. Finished cutting the tree because he knew his wife would make him get rid of the chainsaw. Put a towel on it and drove himself to the hospital. CT showed no vascular damage, simple washout, and home the next day.

-elandy126

Some people maybe don't have their priorities exactly correct.

One guy got hit in the face hard enough to let air into his brain cavity and was being an absolute ***hole (which seemed to be normal for him) and literally asked "got any m_th?" when I offered some pain relief. To my understanding, he recovered without any need for surgery.

-Slidingscale

Kids are another species, I will not be convinced otherwise.

I was working in the emergency department when a toddler came in after falling out of a 3 story window completely unharmed. The sad thing was they were from a rough neighborhood and the Mum hadn’t noticed for about half an hour. Apparently the friendly apartment pot smokers found him, checked him over, and sat with him for half an hour and when Mum didn’t show up went to find her. The child was admitted overnight mostly for social reasons but it’s just amazing how well kids bounce. -Ocean4951

This man is very good at Tetris. With his own body.

Once went to a car wreck where a drunk drove headfirst into the corner of a brick bridge at 100mph. Took a huge wedge out of the bottom of the bridge and left the car about 1/4 of its normal length. All the impact was on the driver's side. Turned up only 2 mins after the crash and fully expected it to be a fatality. Walked round to the driver's side and somehow he was fully conscious but squeezed into the only space left in the car. Took almost 3hrs to get him out and on extracting him out he had absolutely nothing wrong with him other than being drunk. Still think how he survived that. -mrbounce74

Good thing they got it on video.

Got a patient that was brought in by an ambulance after a major MVA. How major you say?

Well, he was driving a pickup truck with his younger brother who is sitting next to him. He was driving fast through heavy rain on a freeway. Reason for driving fast: to make the water splash bigger, apparently they were playing a dangerous game. Of course, the road was slippery and he lost control of the truck, hit the concrete divider and up he goes over it and tumbled for about 3-4 times.

Totaled his big truck and just walked away with a scratch on his cheek that required stitches (by yours truly). His brother recorded the whole thing on his phone.

I'm just sitting there stunned.

-lowkeynation

And this kids is why you go to the doctor and treat the problems they tell you about.

Paramedic.

Dispatched to shortness of breath and considering that a SOB dispatch is typically BS, I wasn't all that ramped up when we came on-scene. The FD beat us there and when we pull into the parking lot, the junior FF is running out to the ambulance to get us and says, "We gotta get him outta here." No biggie. Let's see how the other FFs are acting. At the door, the Engine Captain is looking stressed and says, fittingly, "We gotta get him outta here." Not good, but he's not a medic. What does the medic think? Brian, the medic, is an absolute rockstar whose judgment I'd trust under any circumstance. Brain says, no ****, "We gotta get him outta here."

The patient is a 19 y.o. male. Pale, cool, and sweaty skin, massive air hunger, and confused. Oxygen saturation is less than 70%. We are 8 minutes from the hospital.

If I have learned one thing in the last 12 years, it's this: If your patient tells you they're going to die -- believe them. En route, his HR tanked, his pulses faded, and his breathing slowed dramatically, which as I am sure you know, is bad.

Start CPR? Yes, but, when we compress, this kid opens his eyes and pushes us away. Doing CPR on a patient who's watching you do CPR on them is an interesting experience.

Eventually, he quit pushing us away, so our job got easier. We worked him all the way to the hospital. The ED worked him for an hour and a half -- the epinephrine, fluid, nor-epi, etc. briefly producing pulses before they'd again fade away. There was a period of v-fib in there too. Ugh. Eventually, they managed to stabilize him but it didn't look good for our friend. He began to seize, and it looked like he was going to come out with considerable neurological deficits.

As you can probably guess, he lived. It was a big ol' saddle embolus... or, in layman's terms, a huge clot blocking blood flow between his heart and his lungs. Kid had a known coagulopathy that he didn't manage. They told us on the scene that he would joke that someday, he'd just drop dead. Well, not this time.

Walked out of the hospital a week or so later without any deficit. How I have no idea.

-archeopteryx

The classic ER fix: 3 band-aids.

Not a doctor, yet, but during one of my night shifts as a medical student, I had to take in a patient who came to the ER for a car accident. Well, that’s quite common... What is not is that he came by himself, from 40kms, by calling a taxi because his car was absolutely wrecked in the accident. Normally, when your car ends up upside down, after 2 or 3 rollovers at 60km/h (which the patient did), you are not really fine... However, he was totally OK! No broken bones, no head trauma, no abdominal pain, nothing! He just came to the ER because he had little dermabrasions over his knees and one elbow, and "it hurts when it rubs against my clothes." Three band-aids later, and he was good to go! -Mrbl-Hplr

Welp, gonna have nightmares about this angel for weeks.

Psych patients definitely win this one. This schizophrenic woman thought she was an angel and had wings, went off of her meds and tried jumping out of the 4th-floor balcony.

Half her bones were shattered, her skull and jaw were fractured (which had to be wired) but she miraculously survived. All her words come out weird and there are scars all over her body but she’s alive. Shen still thinks she’s an angel.

-ANFIA

I am concerned that all these "people surviving gunshots" stories will make people think gunshots to the head don't generally kill you.

Intern year doing surgery, a guy gets brought in for a gunshot wound to the head. He was working at a jeweler that got robbed, his coworker was black bagged at the scene.

He gets brought into the trauma bay and it’s pretty hectic because GSW to the head and well he’s alive. Not only is he alive he’s following commands but not speaking, probably from the shock.

Cops are giving us a report saying he was likely shot with a .357 snub nose they recovered at the scene. So we do our primary and secondary survey and all this guy has is a single wound to his left frontal scalp where the bullet went in.

So the team hasn’t really seen anything like this before. Sure a GSW to the head wasn’t new but this guy was otherwise completely fine. The decision was made to get a quick frontal and late head X-ray to verify where the bullet was before proceeding to CT. Well, we don’t see any bullet on the films. There’s no bullet on the board or bed or within the patient's clothes.

The man was shot in the head and the bullet bounced off his skull. CT showed no fracture even. It was wild, never seen anything like that since.

-rramzi

This one is a long one, but it's a wild ride that ends in 3 unexpected survivals.

300lb African American female with IVF twins around 32 weeks gestation, multiple medical problems.

Chronic hypertension, being monitored inpatient. During morning rounds she looked uncomfortable, said she slept in a chair, just looked very anxious for no reason, breathing heavy. Blood pressure is very very high, we give meds

We can only get one twin's heart, probably because she’s so big. We move her to L&D for closer monitoring, plus ready access to ultrasound

Now she has a lot of abdominal pain, blood pressure still very high, her breathing is getting heavier.

Stat chest x-ray shows her lungs are like, completely whited out, filling with fluid from flash pulmonary edema. At the same time, her abdominal pain is worse and worse, a big bright red clot falls out of her v*gina. Same time, we get an ultrasound view of both fetuses, twin 2’s heart is super slow. The patient is now having a panic attack and screaming while also having v trouble breathing.

This is all within like, 10 minutes.

Stat/emergency/crash C section:

Get her on the table.

She starts having an eclamptic seizure.

Anesthesia does rapid sequence intubation.

Loud. Long. Steady. Beep.

The patient goes into cardiac arrest on the table.

“Code blue, labor, and delivery" goes out overhead throughout the hospital.

Phones all over the floor start blowing up, white coats and scrubs sprinting onto the floor.

ICU comes running. The rapid response team comes running. General surgery comes running. A double NICU team comes running.

There’s like 30 people in the OR.

ICU. Is giving chest compressions and running the code. Surgery is putting in a central line. Rapid response is setting up to shock. Ob/Gyn is doing the c-section.

I remember the attending yell: “Cut! Cut! Cut!"

OBGYN goes skin to baby #1 in about 54 seconds. There’s blood everywhere, compressions still going while operating. The second baby comes out very still looking, placental abruption: the high blood pressure flooded her lungs and tore the placenta off the uterus.

NICU takes both babies, they eventually do just fine as far as hospital course goes.

Mom achieves ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation, her heart is beating on its own now).

Still bleeding.

Massive transfusion protocol initiated, she eventually gets somewhere between 14-20 units of packed red blood cells plus plasma, platelets, other stuff (THANK YOU FOR GIVING BLOOD, it actually, actively saves the lives of people who wish they could know who to thank).

Conservative surgical measures don’t stop the bleeding. Couvelaire uterus is diagnosed secondary to placental abruption In the setting of eclamptic seizure.

Cesarean-hysterectomy is performed. Uterus comes out.

Patient remains intubated for about 2 days. Downgraded from SICU.

Walks out of the damn hospital after 1 week because that’s how a solid medical team handles their ****.

Now, there were a lot of red flags to indicate delivery at the beginning of this story, but she spiraled so fast, there really wasn’t any significant wasted time.

-Dr_D-R-E

How does someone just spontaneously come back from the brink of death?

An elderly lady had a massive brain hemorrhage, was transferred to terminal care to the health center in-patient ward I was working at as the doctor. Her prognosis was that she would die at any moment. There was no treatment, she was comatose, but breathing spontaneously through a tracheotomy tube.

A week passed, with no medications, no food, no fluids, still alive. Then she began to stir, came conscious. Delirious, but conscious. So we started i.v. fluids, appropriate medications, and eventually physiotherapy. After a few months, she moved into the local nursing home, lived for a few years. She had profound dementia but was able to move.

-KamahlYrgbly

In case you missed the joke, it's Timmortal.

Not a doctor. My dad who is one told me this story once.

He has this 12 year old patient (lets call him Tim) and everyone in the hospital firmly believes he's immortal.

Tim was born with a bad heart and is constantly in an out of the ICU. By in and out of the ICU, he goes in almost once or twice a month.

9 out of 10 admissions, Tim flatlines. Strangely, Tim always comes back, even if you don't resuscitate him.

I'd say Tim flatlined about 15-ish times in total.

It's at the point that whenever Tim flatlines, nobody panics. Not even his mom and the first three times she fell on the floor crying. "Hey guys, Tim's vitals are dropping." "Again? Phew, that kid's definitely going for a record."

Tim's pretty chill about it too. He talks about his ICU trips like how a normal kid talks about a mildly eventful day at school.

Nobody knows how tf does Tim always come back. He just does. Frankly, I'm surprised the media hasn't done a story about it bc it's metal.

-TatsumaruTheTwofaced

It's amazing this man survived but having a phobia of eating sounds like a hard way to live.

A patient in his late 90s was admitted to our hospice for terminal care (ie to die) because of untreatable multilevel bowel obstruction. Confirmed on CT scan, and clinically obvious from his swollen abdomen and profuse vomiting.

The guy was, however, absolutely charming and completely at peace with this. He did want discomfort and felt he had had a good life.

He was scared to eat because of the vomiting it caused - if your bowel is blocked then any eating has to go back out the way it came in. Otherwise he was comfy enough with just a little pain relief. He was also lovely to chat to, very reflective and articulate in his speech and mannerisms.

He had been told he had days, possibly hours, to live by the surgeons at the local hospital. And he barely drank anything and ate literally nothing.

This continued for 2 months(!!), and though he lost a tremendous amount of weight, and physical capability it seemed that during this time his bowel obstruction had spontaneously unobstructed ...

We ended up getting him home.

The sad thing is, however, he had completely come to terms with his death. He is now still petrified of eating and believes super strongly that his bowel is going to obstruct again (which it may). He just doesn't ever want to go through that experience again and I do sometimes wonder if he would have been better off dying peacefully with us.

-hslt259

Oh, did we mention that miracle patients aren't just human?

Once, I was looking out and saw a chicken get hit by a car. Not only did it get hit by a car, it got hit again by another car which was going a little slower. After that, it started flying and flew right into our window. It stopped moving so I went outside to give it a proper burial or something only to see it limping away.

-KAMEKAZE_VIKINGS