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10 days ago
5/29/18
Posts: 2515

Got ran over by a commercial van when I was 5. About 6 inches the other way and it would have ran over my head instead of my arm.

Can still hear the sound of my bike getting crushed and my arm breaking.

10 days ago
5/13/17
Posts: 1586

I honestly believe I died for about 5-10 seconds, then came back to life. Passed out for hours from bad drugs, went straight to hell...spent 12 hours in the ER. 

10 days ago
1/3/18
Posts: 5243

I got married 

10 days ago
1/6/10
Posts: 8725

I met Bill and Hillary Clinton once 

10 days ago
12/12/04
Posts: 9268

Kawasaki's Disease.

Had two aneurysms. One on my left coronary artery........and one on my right.  I couldn't exert myself in any way for 6 months.  Not even walk up a flight of stairs.  They could have burst at any time for any reason. 

I was 7 years old when this occurred.  They healed up.....just some heart scars now. 

10 days ago
12/28/13
Posts: 534
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I died on the operating table after a procedure to fix a collapsed lung

I almost died in a hospital bed due to mistreatment of a collapsed lung. 

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1/8/04
Posts: 12753
Drowned. Was revived. Woke up shivering at 100°+ temperature.
10 days ago
2/24/19
Posts: 283

As a combat medic in ‘Nam - flying a dust off near Nui Li village to evac a couple of our boys and an Ausie scout. Charlie opened up on our UH-1 from the bush around the clearing. We were taking pretty heavy fire but the shavetail loot flying the thing decided to try anyway. The door gunner right beside me caught two rounds. One in the chest, one in the shoulder. I grabbed him to try to check him out, really fell on him actually and three rounds hit where my head was less than 1 second before. I grabbed the M60 in the DG and sprayed .762’s all over where I thought the bad guys were. Lucky shots, took out three pajama boys I think, but we got our boys on board and the loot got us the hell out. The Aussie caught a bad one and was dead on the ground. Our door gunner made it and went back stateside to WRH. 

   Other time was when a drunk hit me head on and I was pinned in my old TBird upside down in a ditch. 

10 days ago
7/26/07
Posts: 85999

I had a severe staph/cellulitus infection that admitted me to a hospital for over a week.

i had red streaks running up my veins, if they had got to my heart i would have been a goner

antibiotics werent doing anything.

they called in a specialist and i had surgery and they finally got it under control

30 grand later...... 

 

10 days ago
4/18/02
Posts: 9947

Car accident when I was 7 , a car ran a stop sign and my sister T boned them going about 50 I was sitting on the center console of my sisters truck do I went face first into the dashboard, my face looked like hamburger but other than a broken nose and several facial fractures I was lucky and out of the hospital after an overnight stay 

10 days ago
9/29/13
Posts: 10157

Later

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5/8/09
Posts: 256
Yakass -
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I died on the operating table after a procedure to fix a collapsed lung

I almost died in a hospital bed due to mistreatment of a collapsed lung. 

Didn’t almost die but I’ve had two collapsed lungs. Major surgery after the second one. Worst pain I’ve ever felt. I guess if they hadn’t been treated I probably would have died so that’s the closest I’ve come.

10 days ago
2/16/04
Posts: 15698

Car accident on duty in 2013. Shattered my left femur, several broken ribs, facial fractures. Foot fractures, etc. What really almost killed me was that I tore my aorta and almost bled out. Every doctor and nurse I saw in recovery would all say I'm extremely lucky to have survived it. Recovery wasnt easy. 8 surgeries and tons of rehab later, and I'm doing alright. 

I made a thread about it a few months after it happened.  It was called "almost died..." or something.  Lots of good people on here gave me tons of positive wishes. I appreciate everyone who commented or listened to my story.

10 days ago
6/12/07
Posts: 2369
Halloween 92 or 93, urban kids were always getting dropped off into our neighborhood in the burbs to trick or treat. Everyone thought they was gangsta wearing that fubu, karl kani, and africa medallion shit. Anyway, buddy and me got stuck up by urban yoots, had a gun to my face and like an idiot that's watched Menace II Society one too many times, I told him no I wasn't about to give up my loot (candy). Black kid cocked said pistol and asked if I really wanted to get shot over candy, and then my friend grabbed the bag out of my hand and tossed it to the kid. Was I close to deaf? I can't be 100% sure.
10 days ago
5/14/10
Posts: 6247
spam909 - Halloween 92 or 93, urban kids were always getting dropped off into our neighborhood in the burbs to trick or treat. Everyone thought they was gangsta wearing that fubu, karl kani, and africa medallion shit. Anyway, buddy and me got stuck up by urban yoots, had a gun to my face and like an idiot that's watched Menace II Society one too many times, I told him no I wasn't about to give up my loot (candy). Black kid cocked said pistol and asked if I really wanted to get shot over candy, and then my friend grabbed the bag out of my hand and tossed it to the kid. Was I close to deaf? I can't be 100% sure.

Sounds like you might be 100% deaf. He said give up the motherfuckin candy. Break yo' self!
10 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 53053

Boogey boarding as an 8 yr old alone in Hawaii. Huge wave, felt like five minutes and threw up on shore a ton of water. Walked back home in a daze. Never skipped school again. Fuck going out in empty water. 

10 days ago
11/22/11
Posts: 6380
WHIPCRACK -

Kawasaki's Disease.

Had two aneurysms. One on my left coronary artery........and one on my right.  I couldn't exert myself in any way for 6 months.  Not even walk up a flight of stairs.  They could have burst at any time for any reason. 

I was 7 years old when this occurred.  They healed up.....just some heart scars now. 

That's what took out the iceman, the contract/serial killer for the mob.  

I got hit and ran over by a Tahoe that was doing highway speeds and spent a few weeks in the hospital along with a half dozen surgeries at the time. I was in pretty rough shape, shit still has me jacked up almost 20 years later...still, I'm thankful to have survived and be around today.

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11/22/11
Posts: 6381

A different kind of close call I actually had forgot about...when I was a young kid (7/8?) me and my dad were 'kidnapped' by some Syrian soldiers and some high ranking official. I thought we were just giving them a ride, I didn't know until years later they had forced my dad to drive them and were debating what to do with us...

10 days ago
12/29/06
Posts: 14552

Almost drown in Lake Erie in 1958. I stepped off a ledge. My neighbor happened to be in the water and saw me and reached down and grabbed my hand and pulled me up. Had he not been there, I'd never have been found.

Grabbed a copper wire and shoved it in the dangling light socket where my mother used to iron clothes in the basement. I wanted to see it glow. Fortunately I was standing on top of the ironing board and it fell over and it broke the contact. Dr who wrapped up my hands (burn marks like leaning on a griddle) said 'good thing you chose a heavy gauge wire. Had it melted in the middle you would be deceased.'

Ran out of church, got hit by a car and few 10 feet in the air. Survived.

Fell over a cliff and fell 30 feet. Survived.

(All of the above happened in 1958. I should have the handle 'hard to kill', LOL.

Recently, I was feeling really out of it and got in bed and said to my g.f, 'This is what it feels like to die, and I felt as though everything was shutting down and passed out'.

Lack of sleep, physical problems (which have since resolved), and other things conspired to make me feel that way. It felt real. I could imagine feeling that same way when I'm 89, and then it all goes away.

FWIW

 

9 days ago
12/4/08
Posts: 1642

Felt like I was going to die cutting weight for an mma fight. In sauna and started to see white patches everywhere, hands went numb and started to pass out. Teammate who is a PA took my pulse and couldnt feel it.. told me to get out immediately.. i crawled out and laid poolside while cold water was dumped on me for 10 min until I could stand again. Worst I ever felt. Fuck cutting weight.

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12/27/12
Posts: 1300

Driving on the highway with two friends in my Chevy Blazer, around 2002, blowout, next thing I know we are stopped. I look at my friend Chris and ask him if he’s okay, he says he is. We get out, it seems so quiet and peaceful. I ask where our friend Joel is, he gets out and says he’s okay. Then I start hearing noises like beeping and sirens, a woman is there crying, talking on her Cel phone, I ask her what’s wrong, she informs me we just rolled our car, I tell her no way, I had a blowout and we skidded into the wall. She insists we did and tells me to look at my car. When I look I see it is so mangled, we rolled for 150 ft. None of us had seatbelts. I had a cut on my cheek, my friend Chris had some glass in his scalp and Joel had the equivalent of a cat scratch on his forearm. None of us were wearing seatbelts. Crazy.

 

 

9 days ago
1/5/11
Posts: 18480

Told story before... Eating a small piece of steak, my esophagus completely tore just above(and into) my stomach. Was in the or within 2 1/2 hrs, repair was extensive. Spent about 1 week in ICU, 3 months in a stepdown unit. Nothing by mouth the entire time. Dropped from 210lbs to 170. Let's just say the scars are an impressive conversation piece.

 

I can say, for a fact, that the hospital I work at saved my life. It was all friends and coworkers that did my surgery, anesthesia, post care. Absolutely owe them my life. Remember seeing them on a Monday morning waking from surgery. I was supposed to be at work. Instead, I was the intubated patient looking up at them from the bed.

 

As fucked up as my life has been, I've had some tremendous fortune at times. Tremendous misfortune at times also. Life has been a voyage.

9 days ago
12/27/12
Posts: 1301

Also about 7 years ago my wife and I were on vacation with friends in Costa Rica. They just wanted to hang out and drink, I don’t drink so I did excursions everyday, I met some Americans who ran an excursion company. So one day I’m going to go snorkeling and a couple of her friends I just met decided to go along. Well we wait and wait for them to come pick us up, no show. I call the excursion company and tell them their guy never showed up, so they apologized and said someone would be there soon. About 20 minutes later up pulls this old dude in a pickup truck and he’s DRUUUUUUUNK. I figure fine, all he has to do is take us out on a boat so we can snorkel. So he does and I’m just floating along looking at fish when suddenly I feel a surge as I get picked up out of the water and BAM thrown on some rocks, I’m like holy shit I need to get out of here but as hard as I swim I can’t get out, it happens again. And again, it seems like I just can’t get out. Finally I just am like I need to get the fuck out and I push as hard as I can and finally get free, but the boat is super far away now. I swim there and everyone’s faces are in shock, I ask why, they say I looked like I was dead, I was getting thrown by the waves on the rocks over and over and they said I was just lifeless. I say DON’T TELL MY WIFE!!!! She found out like a year later.

9 days ago
12/27/12
Posts: 1302


here’s my friend Joel and my car after we rolled it
9 days ago
9/15/14
Posts: 1987

When i was 11 i got bronchitis & pneumonia at the same time, & also found out that I’m allergic to penicillin when they prescribed it to treat both. Seriously thought i was going to die.