JAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10 Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1033 times:
On January 26, 1972 (28 years ago) a JAT DC-9 blew up over Hermsdorf, Czechoslovakia. Remarkably, a light attendant, Vesna Vulovic survived thge 33,000 ft. fall although she broke both her legs and was paralyzed waist down. She was in the tail section of the DC-9 during the fall. I'm not sure if she is still alive today.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 992 times:
I feel bad for people whenever I hear about things like that happening to them. But IMO, I would've rather died then be sentenced to a life of parlysis. I mean you can't walk, you can't do anything physical. You can't even go to the bathroom without assistance. Your life consists of being in a wheelchair and watching other people without those injuries either on TV, or wherever you go...while marooned in your wheelchair. True, some of them are lucky, and able to DRAG themselves for about 10 feet at a time using canes and walkers. But for me, that would be far worse than death.
It's kind like when I hear people who were in car wrecks or something and they say things like: "They had to amputate both of my legs, I lost one of my hands, I have 2nd degree burns over 70% percent of my body, One of my eyes was gouged out, I have a ruptured lung, and 4 broken ribs....
But dammit...I'm glad to be alive".