Must read : The Survival Instinct 

In 1960, Leonid Rogozov, a 27-year-old surgeon accompanying the Antarctic research team and the only doctor on the team, suddenly developed a high fever and pain in his lower right abdomen. He immediately diagnosed that he had appendicitis and that the hospital was so far away that no one could save him except himself.

He planned carefully how to do this operation on his own and asked two of his teammates to be his assistants.

General anesthesia was not possible, and he was only injected with the local anesthetic drug Novocaine in the abdominal wall.

As he narrated “There was a lot of bleeding, but I pressed on, opened the peritoneum, I accidentally damaged the appendix and had to repair it, my head was getting dizzy and every five minutes I had to rest for 20-25 seconds” .

“Finally I found the damn appendix and I saw black spots on the tail, which meant that in another day it could have perforated”.

But he didn’t fail. Two hours later he finally got the last stitches in.

After taking antibiotics and sleeping pills, he fell into a deep sleep… and two weeks later, he was back at his job.

“What a strong will to survive and a brave man” you may say but I guarantee to you that’s not a strong will to survive, that is just the often underestimated survival instinct we all have. The same that made that other guy cut his own arm off with a goddamn knife to break free from a boulder. We ALL have it. We just don’t know it until something like this happens.

Everyone, when they discover they are at risk of dying, will do all they can to survive, no matter how painful.

What can you endure to save yourself in the face of death???????

Credit: https://www.quora.com/profile/Forrest-Taylor-25

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