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(Denver Channel)   Woman survives rare form of decapitation   ( divider line
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47463 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 May 2007 at 9:03 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2007-05-12 2:04:31 AM  
mad shoutout to skin and flesh fo keepin da head ay-tached
2007-05-12 2:40:08 AM  
if thats not a "holy crap" moment i don't know what is.

i just wonder if she was wearing a seatbelt. article doesn't say, i don't think.
2007-05-12 3:00:19 AM  
kill it. make it stop.
2007-05-12 3:05:20 AM  
She would loose her head if it wasn't screwed on.

/Someone had to say it.
2007-05-12 3:05:59 AM  
SilentStrider: if thats not a "holy crap" moment i don't know what is.


That is simply farking amazing and just wow at the same time.
2007-05-12 7:17:05 AM  
I haven't RTFA yet(dial-up sucks), but the headline made me laugh, in a WTF kinda way.
2007-05-12 7:42:51 AM  
There can be only one.
2007-05-12 7:53:46 AM  
yeah, miracle.

hardware, medical science and the doctors had nothing to do with it.
2007-05-12 8:34:16 AM  
DRTFA as I couldn't get past her picture. All I could think of was Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles.
2007-05-12 9:08:37 AM  
must not laugh, must not laugh.

Oh hell, I'm sorry, I get a window seat, but really cross eyes make me laugh.
2007-05-12 9:10:09 AM  
It doesn't say if she's now a paraplegic or not. Is that just a given?
2007-05-12 9:10:30 AM  

yeah, miracle.

hardware, medical science and the doctors had nothing to do with it.

Doctors: This was a miracle.
tomWright: No it wasn't, the doctors did it.
2007-05-12 9:10:40 AM  
It also made her eyes go all googly-moogly.
2007-05-12 9:12:58 AM  
2007-05-12 9:13:04 AM  
Arajag: You're right, the doctors should have left her in the car to see if she would heal by herself. That would be a miracle, after all.
What the hell is a chiropractor doing in a hospital treating real injuries anyways?
2007-05-12 9:14:25 AM  
I'm not really sure I'd categorize that as "surviving". Sounds like she's pretty farked up now.
2007-05-12 9:14:31 AM  
I never know which eye to look at when talking to people with eyes that go all googly in opposite directions.
2007-05-12 9:18:13 AM  
hehe.. from TFA Doctors continue to work on her swallowing

insert twisted comments here..
2007-05-12 9:19:46 AM  
Make an O face; you can go bowling.

2007-05-12 9:19:56 AM  
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They really couldn't have picked a better image for that article.
2007-05-12 9:21:10 AM  
insert twisted comments here..

She'll be wildly popular with the guys, what with all that increased neck flexibility.
2007-05-12 9:23:00 AM  
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and then bam! her capa was detated from her body.
2007-05-12 9:25:46 AM  
Not sure quoting a chiropractor lends much street cred to your story.
2007-05-12 9:25:46 AM  
nih-: It doesn't say if she's now a paraplegic or not. Is that just a given?

Watch the video. She has a hell of a lot of trouble talking because of breathing issues, but she walks and moves her arms pretty normally. I wouldn't call her lucky, but she's a long way away from dead. Unless she's a zombie. She might be a zombie.
2007-05-12 9:26:32 AM  
Quantum Apostrophe
Arajag: You're right, the doctors should have left her in the car to see if she would heal by herself. That would be a miracle, after all.

Please, I'm as atheist as they come. My post was merely to comment on the ridiculousness of Tom's comment. The persons who called this a miracle (those that he was so snarky towards) were the doctors in the article
2007-05-12 9:26:46 AM  
For the miracle/non-miracle crowd: I'm not sure anyone in the article is implying unseen forces affected the outcome, but rather that the odds of survival in cases of internal decapitation are strikingly low. Survival is generally considered "miraculous" for that very reason.

To my knowledge, there are only a few known cases of living through internal decapitation, and recovery is possible (see here). Of course, full recovery is probably not possible with today's medicine (but I could be wrong).

/commence intensified theological pissing!
//continue the I'm-so-cool-because-I'm-heartless jabs as well, we all love those
2007-05-12 9:28:41 AM  
I give her credit, I don't think I would have the will to go on.
2007-05-12 9:28:55 AM  
Not exceedingly rare for babies/young children (age 1, 2, 3) who sit forward in cars. Their little necks are not strong enough.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear-facing for as long as possible for optimum safety. This means that children should rear-face to the maximum limits of a convertible carseat...which is 30-35 lbs. (depending on the seat) OR when his/her head is 1-inch from the top of the carseat shell.

The rule that most parents know is that children must rear-face to at least 1 year AND 20 lbs. (the child must be BOTH 1 year and 20 lbs., not either or). What is not well known is that 1 year AND 20 lbs. is the bare minimum and it is strongly recommended that they be kept rear-facing for much longer.

When a child is forward-facing, there is a lot of stress put on his/her neck in a crash. The weight of a child's head in a crash causes the spinal column to stretch...the spinal cord, however, is NOT meant to stretch! This can cause a tear...which means paralysis or even death. This is referred to as "internal decapitation"...the child's head would be slumped forward and it would look as though he/she was sleeping. It doesn't matter if the child has great head control...that means nothing. New data is showing that a forward-facing child is 4 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than a rear-facing child of the same age.

Check out this vid to see the HUGE difference it makes:

Some good links as well:
2007-05-12 9:30:04 AM  
It also made her eyes go all googly-moogly.

After so many years of reading fark. You'd have thought I would know not to read posts while drinking coffee.

/where's my towel
//coffee can't be good for a keyboard.
///Gah! It's in my NOSE!
2007-05-12 9:31:17 AM  
I would hit it, like a red headed step child.
2007-05-12 9:31:32 AM  
King Raul

First thing that came to my mind.
2007-05-12 9:33:01 AM  
Just think of the cool Line she can drop at parties:

"and then the car crash decaptitated me"

"decapitated you?"

"well, I got better"
2007-05-12 9:36:00 AM  
Good. Let this be a lesson to anyone else who dies: It's your fault for losing the will to live.

Honestly, that's quite a strong will she has. I wish her the best of luck in recovering fully and a long, happy life.
2007-05-12 9:37:48 AM  
Well she knows how to get ahead in life.

It's pretty easy for someone to lose their head in that situation.

I can't think of any more :(
2007-05-12 9:38:40 AM  
She looks like a salamander in a bee hive.

/hell and all that.
2007-05-12 9:39:44 AM  
I piss on your religion
2007-05-12 9:41:55 AM  
She would loose her head if it wasn't screwed on.

/Someone had to say it.

...and that joke would've been much funnier had you spelled 'lose' correctly.

/someone had to say it.
2007-05-12 9:42:35 AM  
She told you she was hardcore!
2007-05-12 9:44:16 AM  
Careful, you idiot! I said across her nose, not up it!

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Sorry sir, I'm doing my best.

/window seat, please
2007-05-12 9:45:01 AM  
Dammit! FlashHarry beat me to it
2007-05-12 9:49:14 AM  
and then Self Defecating Humor made me snort coffee out my nose all over the screen.

How many Assholes do I got on this ship?

2007-05-12 9:49:42 AM  
I think it's funny that in this day and age with some pretty sophisticated medical procedures, that I can only picture the doctors repairing this woman on a workbench and with power tools.

7 screws and a big metal stabilizing contraption. They didn't need doctors, they needed a freaking contractor.
2007-05-12 9:53:00 AM  
And to complete the Spaceballs! reference...

HELMET Who made that man a gunner?

MAJOR I did, sir. He's my cousin. (he is cross-eyed, too)

HELMET Who is he?

SANDURZ He's an Asshole, sir.

HELMET I know that. What's his name?

SANDURZ That is his name, sir. Asshole, Major Asshole.

HELMET And his cousin?

SANDURZ He's an Asshole, too, sir. Gunner's-mate, 1st Class, Philip Asshole.

HELMET How many Assholes we got on this ship, anyhow?

All, but few, stand up.

ALL Yo!!

Between the Airplane! thread yesterday and a Spaceballs! thread today, I'm having a good weekend already
2007-05-12 9:54:33 AM  
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Keep firing assholes!
2007-05-12 9:55:14 AM  

What the....

Good information and relevance posted on Fark? Why aren't you making fun of a disabled person? Wouldn't you hit it or something? What the hell are you doing here!?

/not Digg after all?
2007-05-12 9:56:47 AM  
This happened to a girl in my town about 15 years ago. She survived as well.
2007-05-12 10:00:26 AM  
Wow, Spaceballs and Airplane reference threads in the space of a day. This is what makes me love fark.

2007-05-12 10:01:32 AM  
Screw the advancement of modern medicine. If I become internally decapitated let me die.
2007-05-12 10:06:27 AM  
Holy hell, that is one tough chick. I'm pretty sure that if my only head came off once I'd probably die.

Damn it demanton, you're sending us all to hell.
2007-05-12 10:08:53 AM  
Calabai_Yau, is she single?
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