Survival Stories

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Chilling Medical Dramas: He Took a Nail Gun to the Heart

A careless accident on the job turned into a medical nightmare. >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: She Lost 540 Pints of Blood

A mother's third pregnancy became a bloodbath that seemed impossible to survive. >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: The Dinner That Almost Killed Her

One bite of chow mein changed this woman's entire life >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: “I Saw Forceps Sticking Out of My Leg”

A man awakens mid-surgery and is horrifyingly aware of everything. >>

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Chilling Medical Dramas: The Mystery of the Boy Who Turned Blue

A mysterious blockage in this child's lung collapsed his parents' world. >>

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Everyday Heroes: When His Family Fell Overboard

With his family adrift in rough waters, John Riggs swam for help. >>

Donald and Willow
Plane Crash Survivors in the Alaskan Wilderness

Dense clouds obscuring his way, a pilot flies into a mountain. How could this family survive? >>

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Christmas in Captivity: A Story of Survival

Imprisoned by Islamic extremists, she still found a way to celebrate the spirit of season—and… >>

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Kidnapped by Terrorists: One Boy’s Story of Escape

What should have been a tranquil family vacation in the southern Philippines turned into an… >>

Costa Concordia
Aboard the Costa Concordia: One Family’s Nightmare

Our family vacation aboard the Costa Concordia went terribly wrong. Here’s what it felt like to… >>

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Everest: The Mess at the Top of the World

Overcrowded with inexperienced climbers and polluted with waste, Mount Everest—one of the… >>

11 Hours in Room 407
The Baby Who Refused to Die: 11 Hours in Room 407

Doctors said Austin Gerstenslager had zero chance of survival at birth, so his parents waited for… >>

Deep Blue Sea
The Sailor and the Whale: Survival at Sea

A 40-ton gray whale lunges onto the deck, and Max Young seems sunk. What follows is the fight of… >>

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Survival Stories: Free Fall Above Death Canyon

Lauren McLean was a seasoned climber. No one expected her to end up broken on a ledge. >>

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5 Life-Saving Survival Skills You Just Might Need One Day

Increase your chances of escaping dangerous quicksand, being buried alive, deadly bear attacks, and… >>

Man Risks Life to Save Boys Floating Out to Sea
Man Risks Life to Save Boys Floating Out to Sea

"They were floating out to sea": How an everyday hero rescued two boys in dire circumstances. >>

Grandpa Wrestles a Gator to Save His Dog
Grandpa Wrestles a Gator to Save His Dog

Florida retiree Steve Gustafson stops at nothing to rescue his dog Bounce from the jaws of a… >>

Barefoot Teen Braves Fire, Saves Neighbors
Barefoot Teen Braves Fire, Saves Neighbors

“I’d never seen smoke like that,” he says. “My glasses immediately turned black from the… >>

Teen Saves Others from Deer Attack Using a Hammer
Teen Saves Others from Deer Attack Using a Hammer

When high school student Alexis Vaughan saw a buck attacking a woman, she took matters into her own… >>

Nujood Ali, age 10 and divorced
“I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced”

When her family would not help her escape the horror her life had become, this Yemeni child acted… >>