This Skier Froze to Death and Lived | 2 Hours Without a Heartbeat!

This Skier Froze to Death and Lived | 2 Hours Without a Heartbeat!

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This Skier Froze to Death and Lived | 2 Hours Without a Heartbeat!

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Kevin Fong follows the incredible survival story of Anna Bagenholm.

“Anna Elisabeth Johansson Bågenholm is a Swedish radiologist from Vänersborg, who survived after a skiing accident in 1999 left her trapped under a layer of ice for 80 minutes in freezing water. During this time she became a victim of extreme hypothermia and her body temperature decreased to 13.7 °C (56.7 °F), the lowest survived body temperature ever recorded in a human with accidental hypothermia until fellow Swede Stella, 7 years old, survived 13.0 °C (55.4 °F) on Christmas 2010. Bågenholm was able to find an air pocket under the ice, but suffered circulatory arrest after 40 minutes in the water.

After rescue, Bågenholm was transported by helicopter to the Tromsø University Hospital, where a team of more than a hundred doctors and nurses worked in shifts for nine hours to save her life. Bågenholm woke up ten days after the accident, paralyzed from the neck down and subsequently spent two months recovering in an intensive care unit. Although she has made an almost full recovery from the incident, late in 2009 she was still suffering from minor symptoms in hands and feet related to nerve injury. Bågenholm’s case has been discussed in the leading British medical journal The Lancet, and in medical textbooks.” – wikipedia.org

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