Did You Know About This Bone-Chilling Minnesota Mystery?
Need a little weird and freaky Minnesota story in light of this upcoming storm coming? Well, you are in luck because I got a good one for you.
There are many wonders and mysteries that occur all around us, but some are just so weird and freaky! And this strange one has left a lot of people and scientists think.
As told by MPR, here is the story of Jean Hillard and how she was frozen solid:
On the night of Dec. 20, 1980, 19-year-old Jean Hilliard went into town in Lengby, MN, to hang out with friends, then after Jean left around midnight.
Hilliard took a shortcut on an icy gravel road just south of Lengby. Her dad's Ford LTD had rear wheel drive and no anti-lock brakes. It slid into the ditch. She knew a guy down the road, so she started walking. It was 20 below that night, and she was wearing cowboy boots.
An hour later, after walking about 2 miles, she finally saw her friend's house through the trees. Then she says, everything went black.
According to MPR,
Later, people told her she'd made it to her friend's yard, tripped, and crawled on her hands and knees to his doorstep. They said she lay there for six straight hours, with her eyes frozen wide open. Hilliard doesn't remember any of that.
It wasn’t until the morning that she was then found by her friend, cattle rancher and part-time butcher, Wally Nelson. Wally shares the following:
"I was so damn surprised when I saw that little hunk out in the yard," he said. "I grabbed her by the collar and skidded her into the porch. I thought she was dead. Froze stiffer than a board, but I saw a few bubbles coming out of her nose."
Doctors at the Fosston hospital did not have high hopes for Hilliard. "They couldn't even get an IV into her frozen arm. They kept breaking needles."
They figured she was mostly dead already but decided to warm her up anyway, with heating pads. A member of the hospital staff called her pastor and they started a prayer chain.
By midmorning, Hilliard woke in spasms. By noon, she was talking coherently.
MPR also notes the following:
The doctors considered amputating both her legs to avoid infection from frostbite. So when Hilliard went home with little more than blistered toes that were numb for a while, it was national news.
And that is how Jean Hillard became the miracle girl from Lengby, Minnesota… freaky right?
Feel free to read more about the science and her time after the 1980 incident. All credit is to mprnews.org.