Anna Bagenholm had just graduated from medical school in her native Norway when she took a break and went skiing with friends. Little did Anna know that this skiing trip would change her life for good. Despite being a very experienced skier, Anna underestimated the circumstances and went off the ski trail and that was when the accident took place. The 29-year-old woman slid and fell head first in a frozen stream. Anna was almost completely submerged and only her boots and her skis were showing above the ice.
Her friends called for help immediately but due to the extremely hard circumstances it took more than 80 minutes before Anna could be pulled out from the ice trap. When they finally got her out of the stream Anna was practically dead: dilapidated pupils, flax white, ice cold and no heart beat at all. The paramedics gave her CPR on the chopper flight to the hospital but Anna’s body temperature was just 13°C (55°F), no one whose body temperature had ever dropped that low for such a long time has ever survived. However, Anna did. The doctors gradually warmed her body thus managed to bring her back to life. Even though Anna was paralyzed for almost a year because of the nerve damage, she eventually managed to make a full recovery.