The fight or flight response can be a powerful instinct. In dangerous situations, people have achieved extraordinary feats when they’ve decided to stay and fight. In many cases, adrenaline kicks in, giving people superhuman strength and an indomitable will during a crisis (like when a mother lifts a car to save a child). Sometimes, it also gives us the ability to make quick decisions that help save the lives of others even when it means sacrificing ourselves. Ready to witness the triumph of the human spirit? Here are 25 Remarkable Feats People Have Done When In Danger!
Blind since birth, this hero heard his eighty-four-year-old neighbor, who was also blind, cry for help over a baby monitor and quickly sprung into action. While the house was on fire, he scaled a chainlink fence and went inside the house, found the woman, and pulled her outside.
Imagine digging yourself out of not just one, but TWO avalanches. That’s exactly what this mountain climber did. After escaping the avalanches, he somehow also made it back down the mountain and 10 miles to the closest town. Did we mention he did this with a broken leg and crushed pelvis? He made a full recovery and started his own fitness company.
In 1971, this 17-year-old left Peru with her mother on a plane headed for her father in the Amazon. The plane was struck by lightning and crashed in the Amazon rainforest. All 92 passengers died except her. She was strapped to a row of seats that plummeted into the jungle, and somehow she survived. Following a stream in hopes of finding civilization, she was out there for 10 days, with her wounds filled with maggots and most of her time spent dodging crocodiles, piranhas, and insects. Eventually, she found a shack and a boat, but rather than stealing the boat, she stayed in the shack and was found by local lumberjacks who brought her to her father.
This man and his mother ran the Faraja Children’s Home in Ngong, Kenya, a place of refuge for children in a dangerous area. They housed up to 37 children. Omari was the only man on the premises and routinely chased off attackers. In one case, three men wielding machetes attacked him, and he fought them off with a hammer. Even when they struck him in the face with the machete, he kept fighting them off. Once he was fully successful, he locked all the children’s doors to keep them safe.
While waiting his turn to pull into traffic, this man turned superhero witnessed a driver run over and drag a bicyclist under his Camaro down the street for a few seconds. Boyle jumped out to help, and without even thinking, somehow lifted the car off of the injured bicyclist while the driver pulled him out. It’s your classic story of adrenaline-fueled power.