-Joan Murray was skydiver who survived falling from a height of 4400 meters. Main parachute malfunctioned and backup one opened at 200 meters from the ground which is not enough to slow her down. She approached the ground at 130 kilometers per hour, landing on a mound of fire ants. Doctors believe that the shock of being stung over 200 times by the ants released a surge of adrenaline which kept her heart beating. She suffered serious injuries and went into a coma for two weeks. After 20 reconstructive surgeries and 17 blood transfusions, she survived.

Joan Murray

Joan Murray

Fire ant

Fire ant

 

 Joan Murray

Joan Murray (born 1952) is a bank executive and skydiver. Joan Murray lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and worked for Bank of America. She occasionally skydived before her accident. Murray continued work at Bank of America after the accident, turning down retirement because of disability. She took physical therapy sessions, and went on a 37th skydive with her two daughters in 2001.

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