On the cold morning of December 20, 1980, in Lengby, Minnesota, USA, a local resident came out of his home and literally stumbled upon the motionless body of a woman lying in a deep snowdrift.
Looking at her face, he immediately recognized his neighbor – 19-year-old Jean Hilliard.
It is later understood that Jean has been lying in this state since the evening, i.e. at least since 6 hours ago, and the temperature at night reaches minus 25 degrees Celsius.
It is later revealed that Jean was driving her car home through the deserted countryside that evening when her car skidded and went off the road. There was no one around, and at that time there were still no cell phones, so Jean left the car and decided to walk home.
She had to walk only 3 km from the place of the accident to his home, but the cold was growing. Gradually, she began to lose strength from the low temperature. She managed to reach a neighbor’s house and fell unconscious in the snow.
When a neighbor finds her body in the morning, he immediately calls an ambulance, although Jean already looks like a long-frozen corpse. She was “hard to the touch, like a piece of wood.” To the great surprise of the medics, however, the young woman’s heart was still beating.
Nurses say that when Jean was admitted to the hospital, her body was cold, as if it had just been taken out of the freezer, and her skin was completely white. Her open eyes looked “ashen as death”.
Her body temperature was 30 degrees and her heart was beating very, very slowly, about 12 times a minute, which is less than a fifth of normal.
The patient was examined by Dr. Ryan Kelly. He says he has severe frostbite. None of Jean’s limbs could flex or move. Everything looked as if she had frostbite, that is, ice crystals formed in the cells of her body and the cells were destroyed.
After the hands and feet are frostbitten, the temperature in the body and heart starts to drop. The lungs, abdominal organs and brain begin to cool down and have a harder time performing their functions. Then comes a stage when they completely stop working and the person dies.
With Jean, it looked like her internal organs were about to stop functioning and she was close to death. In fact, that’s why no resuscitation procedures were done, they just wrapped her in an electric blanket and left her.
But, 2 hours after entering the hospital, unexpectedly for everyone, Jean suddenly regains consciousness.
She immediately starts talking and it turns out that her mind and memory are not affected. The doctors examined her again and were surprised to find that her hands and feet were not damaged by frostbite. Not even one of Jean’s fingers was hurt.
Jean Hilliard spent 49 days in the hospital, and when it became clear that she had none of the side effects often seen in frostbite victims, she was discharged.
The only thing the girl was suffering from was some areas of upper skin on her limbs which were treated with skin grafting.
In the years since this incident, Jean married and became the mother of three children. She has never had any health problems that could be a consequence of her “frozen” state.
She attributes her miraculous recovery to the prayers of the nurses. After her discharge, she toured local churches to thank God for her salvation.
Various doctors have repeatedly tried to explain this “miracle” with logical reasons, for example, the “frozen” hardness of Jean’s body when it was discovered was a consequence of severe muscle spasms, etc.
Is it a “miracle,” an explainable force of the human organism, or something else…? No one has proven to date…