Many things that people often think of as “miracles” can be understood once you have your facts straight. That’s not to say that such things aren’t special or shouldn’t be appreciated, though.
That was certainly the case with 19-year-old Jean Hilliard in 1980. While driving home from a friend’s house, Jean suffered a terrible accident that subjected her to the cruel winter cold. Any reasonable person would have assumed that she’d died. But…
One frigid winter night on December 20, 1980, 19-year-old Jean Hilliard’s car suddenly skidded on ice and the young woman landed in a ditch.
These were the days before cell phones, after all, so Jean had no way of calling for help.
Jean decided her best bet was to trek the remaining two miles to a friend’s house nearby. It was a huge risk, but at that time, it really seemed like her only option.
The freezing conditions could affect her, or even kill her, if she didn’t manage to stay warm.
Her decision turned out to be a big mistake: mere minutes after Jean started her risky journey, the bitter cold started to take its toll on her body. She managed to reach the friend’s driveway after trudging in the snow and against the wind, but it was too late. Jean collapsed…
When Jean was discovered by her friend the next morning, her body had already become frozen solid. She had spent six whole hours in -22°F weather.
Jean was rushed to the hospital, even though there didn’t seem to be much of a chance for her to make it. Her body was so stiff that there was no spot on her body where doctors could place a stethoscope or even check for a pulse. Still, her doctors had no idea what they were in for…
Miraculously, Jean survived her ordeal, and doctors were able to revive her. Just look at her now! Though many years have passed, and she went through an experience that had to have been traumatic, she really does seem to be doing great.
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