19-year-old Jean Hilliard was driving home from a friend’s house when her car skidded on an icy road and careened into a ditch. It was a remote gravelly-road. She was afraid that if she stayed in the car she would freeze to death. So, she started walking to her house.
However, her house was farther than she thought, and the problem? She was walking against the frigid wind with 2 below zero temperature.
Cold and exhausted, Jean trudged two miles in the heavy snow before collapsing. She lay unconscious in the snow, froze to death for 6 hours.
Early the next morning, Wally Nelson left his house and spotted Jean’s frozen body. He assumed she was dead and described her face as “ghost-like.”
He drove her to the hospital but she was so FROZEN solid that there was no place to insert a thermometer. Her entire body was a stiff. It’s very much impossible for blood to circulate inside her ‘dead-froze’ body! The doctors referred to Jean as an ice sculpture.
However, later that night, a miracle happened. Jean’s hands and arms began to thaw.
On the third day, she was able to move her legs. The doctors said they’d never seen a case where major amputation wasn’t required. They had assumed a double leg amputation was inevitable.
I can’t explain why she’s still alive,” said Dr.George Sather.
49 days later, Jean left the hospital without so much of a scar.