All living beings are delicate creatures. And, it only takes a sudden bump or a wrong injection to finish one off. Still, under some favorable circumstances, some people can be borderline indestructible. There are a few people who have been able to endure things that could, and by all rights should have killed them.
Let's take a moment to rejoice these invincible supermen. Whether lost underwater, alone in the woods or trapped in the midst of a volcano, here are some breathtaking stories of people who have survived against all unimaginable odds. Is there a chance of survival that kicks in when logic would imply the only possible circuit is to embrace death? But here are some stories that justify the statement clearly: 'Cheating Death.'
The footballer showed an amazing recovery and after that doctors said, "in effect, he was dead during that time." It has been termed as a medical miracle.
Her family was brought in to bid goodbye as doctors expected for her heart to stop beating.
Peter Skyllberg, a 44-year old was trapped for two months in his car after it was stuck down in snow drifts near the town of Umea in northern Sweden.
Peter was pulled from his entangled vehicle in January having survived on nothing else than snow and snacks, while temperatures there jumped as low as minus 30 outside.
But in April 2001 as Lyndi from Ledbury, Herts, dashed towards the ground after jumping from an airplane at the height of 8,500ft, a catastrophe happened, and Lyndi's parachute failed to open.
The parachute cord got entangled in the reserve, and she dived for 40 seconds at 70mph before dashing to the ground.
But luckily, she survived two fractured ribs, a punctured lung, a broken nose and a chipped tooth.
For Harrison Okene, a 29-year old boat cook, the scary nightmare scene of being buried alive 100 feet beneath the ocean surface in a tiny pocket of air came out to be a reality for nearly three exhausting days. On May 26, 2013, a sudden ocean swell swayed his tugboat into the Atlantic waters. As the ship turned over, he found himself in an officer's restroom.
For the next 60 hours, he was on the surface of the ocean without any sign of food and light. He resigned himself to fate. He heard the rescue team taking out the dead. After his rescue, he had to spend another 60 hours in a decompression chamber to free his body from excess nitrogen, and some of his skin peeled off from salt water for so long.
In 1992, Benson and one of his colleagues, Chris Duddy were shooting an aerial footage of Hawaii Island for a movie when their helicopter suddenly crashed over Kilauea, the world's most active volcano. The cameramen and pilot Craig Hosking pitched inside the volcano crater, precisely missing the boiling lava pool.
While Hosking and Duddy were able to reach safely, the next day rescuers struggled to locate Benson among those toxic fume clouds. Benson spent two long tiring nights inside the crater listening to the sound of the lava boiling and bubbling below before he was able to outreach a rescue net that had been dropped down through the fog.
After climbing the peak of Mount Everest in 2006, Lincon Hall was banged down with frightful altitude sickness on the mountain and eventually stopped showing any signs of life. After trying to revive him for two hours, Hall's fellows were made to abandon him, planning to retrieve his body the next day.
Some 12 hours later, a group of some climbers was stunned to find Hall sitting on the crest cross-legged, full of life. This Australian mountaineer had survived a night stranded alone on the Earth's highest mountain.
Reshma Begum aged 19, was working in the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka when the factory collapsed in 2013 resulting in more than 1,100 people dead. After the traumatic search for survivors had almost ended, rescuers heard a thumping sound from the ruins and found her alive after 17 days underground.
Begum had managed to find some dried food and a limited supply of water to keep herself alive during the long days stuck under the remains. The young mother was pulled to safety, and reunited with her family.