This story has been doing rounds since 25 years and people have constantly been arguing about its validity.
For nearly 25 years, people have debated the legitimacy of this amazing story, and for some reason, it’s been making the rounds again.
As per the story, Jean Hillard ran the car into a ditch on December 20th, 1980, and as she could not call for help back then, she either had to wait for help or walk her way to her friend’s place.
She chose walking to her friend’s place but could reach only till her friend’s driveway before collapsing. Her friend found her after six grueling hours, only to find her frozen.
The doctors tried their best and gave her heat, due to which she started melting gradually. However, due to her strong will power, she made a full recovery within six days and was in perfect condition.
At the hospital, doctors feared she would die, but they had to try to revive her. They put warm packs around her body, and slowly but surely, Hilliard began to melt.
Hours later, she began to make noises. Later, her hands and arms began to move, and by the third day, she could move her legs. Hilliard made such a full recovery, in fact, that she was able to leave the hospital after six days in intensive care with no long-term damage.
Since that fateful night, Hilliard’s story has been controversial. Many believed that there was no way she could have survived. The controversy even prompted the story to be featured on a popular television show, Unsolved Mysteries. Check out this fan-edited footage from the show below.
Hillard’s story has been debated about frequently, as people find it to be impossible to stay alive for such long periods in frozen conditions.
Since that fateful night, Hilliard’s story has been controversial. Many believed that there was no way she could have survived. The controversy even prompted the story to be featured on a popular television show, Unsolved Mysteries.
Today, we have a little more information about the situation. According to most doctors, many patients can recover from severe hypothermia, even if they spend time without a heartbeat. In fact, many doctors share the common saying: No one is dead until they’re warm and dead. What does this mean, exactly? Basically, doctors are not able to assess if a patient is alive or dead unless their body temperature is above freezing.
The situation is more common than you might think – but Hilliard’s case is still an extreme one, especially because she walked away with not even a hint of frostbite.
The Internet has loved talking about Hilliard’s story over the years, and it certainly is fascinating. There has been no reported follow up on this incredibly lucky woman, but wherever she is, we hope she’s out there enjoying life and staying warm.