Over 35 years ago, Jean Hilliard made headlines when she miraculously survived being frozen solid.
Hilliard, 19, was driving home from a friend’s house when the vehicle skidded on an icy road. Her car was stuck in a ditch, and couldn’t start.
Hilliard decided to walk to her friend Wally Nelson’s house that was 2 miles from the accident.
That night, temperatures dropped to −22 °F (−30 °C). She made it 15-feet outside Nelson’s door before she collapsed.
Nelson found Hilliard the next morning; she was frozen stiff. Nelson immediately took Hilliard to the hospital.
Hilliard’s pulse was a slow 12 beats per minute. A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute.
She was so frozen that doctors couldn’t give her any intravenous food, they couldn’t pierce her skin with a hypodermic needle, and her body temperature was too low to register on a thermometer.
Doctors initially thought if she survived, she would likely have brain damage and need her legs amputated. The lead doctor on the case, Dr. George Sather, said Hilliard was, “…just like a piece of meat out of a deep freeze.”
With no other options, doctors wrapped Hilliard in a an electric blanket and she slowly started to thaw. Hilliard eventually regained consciousness.
After 49 days, Hilliard walked out of the hospital, making a full recovery. She had no permanent damage from the event. Doctors couldn’t explain how or why she was still alive.
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