They Survived Against All Odds

Fortune, they say, favors the brave. Well, then these guys have to be the bravest out of all of us. For even when all of nature was against them and there was not a ray of hope in sight, they lived. It’s true. Miracles do happen. 

They Survived Against All Odds

What does one do when completely at the mercy of the forces of nature, when trapped, sometimes literally, between a rock and a hard place, with seemingly no way out? These are stories of people who were stuck in just such hopeless situations for days and even months on end, and yet lived to tell the tale. Read on, and see if you don’t have to redefine the meaning of danger by the end of it.

  • A Descent Without Feet
    • Doug Scott is among the people mountaineers hail as their deities. Already holding the record of being the first man to spend an entire night right below the peak of Mt. Everest. In 1975, he decided to be the first person to scale Baintha Brakk, a mountain in Pakistan nobody had managed to scale yet, notorious for its difficult conquest. The ascent was smooth enough, but the decision to rappel down the peak would soon come to haunt Scott. Halfway down, a sudden wind swung him forcefully into the cliff, instantly breaking both his legs below the knees. But hardcore mountaineer that he was, he did not give up, and still rappelled all the way down with the support of his knees. But wait, he story doesn’t end here. A violent snowstorm caused them to take shelter in a cave for 2 days where they had to finish off their food stock. The tract being far too rough, it was not possible for any of his fellow climbers to carry him. So what does the guy do? He crawled on his knees and knuckles for seven whole days, descending one of the toughest mountains anywhere, while suffering unbearable pain from his broken legs. And here’s more, when they reached base camp, the support team was nowhere to be found, so Scott was transported via helicopter to the nearest hospital. Wouldn’t you know it, the helicopter crashed while landing – and the guy crawled out without any more scratches than those he already had.

They Survived Against All Odds



  • Today Is Not The Day I Die 
    •  Herman Perry, an African-American, was one of those who had been put to toil in Burma while World War II raged on in the world. Now this guy was a rebel; working 16 hours a day under the white officers was below him. He threw a real bad tantrum, then shot the officer coming to arrest him and fled the scene into the wilderness. He didn’t die there. Instead he met a local headhunter tribe and actually ended up marrying the tribe chief’s daughter! He became fabled among his earlier platoon as the “Jungle King”. The Americans, unable to tolerate this, raided the village he was staying in, and shot and captured Perry and gave him the death sentence. He didn’t die there either. He escaped through the drainage sewer, only to be surrounded two weeks later. No dying here either. An entire battalion shot at him but he got on a floating log and drifted downriver to the dismay of the Americans. They  then set up a trap for him, which he fell into and was shot at three times. Did he die? No he didn’t. Days later, he was captured again, and was escorted by 17 armed soldiers to the gallows. And yes, his incredible luck did run out this time for good.


They Survived Against All Odds


  • It’s just a bad migraine  
    • Juacelo Nunes, a 39 year old motorcycle taxi driver from Agua Branca, Brazil, went through a ‘prickly’ ordeal, when he was stabbed right his head with a 30 cm-long knife, and drove himself to the hospital almost a hundred kilometres away with the blade sticking right out the whole time. He had gone to a party, during which Nunes was supposedly stabbed by one of the three through his head. He also suffered quite a few major and minor wounds to his shoulder, chest and throat. And he was completely unaware of the blade embedded in his skull. He calmly got to his ride and drove himself to the nearest hospital 60 miles away in Teresina, Brazil, where he was immediately admitted and operated upon. The operation, incredibly, was a success, and doctors were amazed at the result. X-rays showed that the blade measuring almost 30 cm in length had perforated through his skull, and gone into his jaw on the right side, passing across his mouth, his left eye only just escaping the attack. Nunes says that he himself was unaware of his precarious situation, and that if someone had told him at that time that he had a knife through his head, he would have laughed it off. The attack, doctors said, should have been enough to kill him instantly. But the guy is all dandy and having a ‘surprisingly’ speedy recovery at the hospital. Good luck, buddy. As if he really needs it.


They Survived Against All Odds

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