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He Wanted Free Pizza. Instead He Got Hypothermia

Tip: Don't wear shorts while hiking in a snowstorm

(Newser) - There are people who love pizza, and then there are those who'd climb a mountain in a snowstorm just to get their hands on a cheesy slice. A hiker from Flagstaff, Ariz., is apparently among the latter group. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says a search-and-rescue team had... More »

For 12 Hours, Teen Clung to Tree in Freezing Water

'I thought I was going to die'

(Newser) - As Natalie Griffin clung to a branch while a creek swelled below her, she imagined that her friend—who was dead—was speaking to her. "She said, 'It's OK, you can't think you are going to die,'" Griffin tells People . The thought helped calm... More »

Mom Accused of Putting Newborn in Fridge for 3 Hours

The 4-day-old boy died in February of hypothermia with asphyxiation

(Newser) - A 27-year-old South Carolina mother of a toddler has been accused of killing her 4-day-old newborn by putting him in the refrigerator for three hours, where he suffered hypothermia with asphyxiation, reports the Rock Hill Herald . After a lengthy investigation over the February incident, authorities arrested Angela Blackwell on Monday... More »

Here's How Kristin Cavallari's Brother Died

Michael Cavallari died of hypothermia

(Newser) - The death of Michael Cavallari, brother to reality star Kristin Cavallari and brother-in-law to NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, was accidental, E! reports. Cavallari crashed his car in frigid weather while traveling through a remote part of Utah and died of hypothermia, a medical examiner has determined. He had left California... More »

Docs Bring Back 'Miracle' Man Frozen in Snow

Justin Smith spent hours in minus 4-degree weather lying in snowbank—and lived

(Newser) - When Don Smith found his son, Justin, lying in a McAdoo, Pa., snowbank on Feb. 21, 2015, after Justin had tried to walk home from a bar the night before, it was a terrible sight. "I remember holding him," the elder Smith said in tears Monday, per the... More »

Boy, 3, Dies After Wandering Out in Cold

Toronto in mourning after Elijah Marsh's lonely death

(Newser) - Toronto is in mourning after the horrifying death of a 3-year-old boy who wandered outside at night wearing only a T-shirt, pullup diaper, and winter boots. Little Elijah Marsh is believed to have left his grandparents' apartment at around 4am yesterday morning, opening two more doors—the second of which... More »

Boy Survives After Body Temp Plunges to 55 Degrees

Doctors are calling it a miracle

(Newser) - "It’s the only case of its kind in the world," says a doctor at a Polish children's hospital. "The child has come back to the world of the living." Krakow doctor Janusz Skalski is talking about little Adas (also reported as Adam), a 2-year-old... More »

Porpoise May Have Died From Too Much Mating

Old male likely died of starvation after devoting most of his energy to sex

(Newser) - A 5-foot-long, 110-pound elderly male porpoise—which likely washed up on Worthing beach south of London before being dumped more than a mile inland—appears to have devoted so much of its energy to mating that it ultimately died of starvation and hypothermia. "The male porpoise was in a... More »

Autopsy: Boy's Death in Hot Car Looks Like Homicide

But police aren't revealing more specifics

(Newser) - The autopsy on the Atlanta toddler who died after being left in a hot car is out, and while it doesn't seem to shed much light on what happened, police are sticking by their decision to charge dad Justin Ross Harris with murder. "The Cobb County Medical Examiner... More »

Outdoors Writer Died of Hypothermia

Karen Sykes disappeared in Mt. Rainier National Park

(Newser) - An outdoors writer nicknamed the "guru of trails" died of hypothermia after disappearing on a hike in Mount Rainier National Park last week, authorities have confirmed, ruling the death an accident. Karen Sykes, 70, had written more than 100 stories about hikes in the area and associates say that... More »

Hiker Loses Car Keys, Dies of Exposure

20-year-old woman found next day in Provo Canyon

(Newser) - Booze and a late-night hike in freezing temps might seem like a combination with the potential to go horribly wrong, but it was the added element of lost car keys that took a turn for the deadly in Utah's Provo Canyon. As Weather Underground reports, 20-year-old Hadley Boberg and... More »

How Epic Hypothermia Saved a Woman's Life

'Atlantic' recounts incredible story of Anna Bågenholm

(Newser) - When a skiing accident left her trapped in an icy mountain stream, Anna Bågenholm's core body temperature dropped to an astonishing 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit—and that may just have saved her life. The Atlantic this week printed an excerpt from Kevin Fong's book Extreme Medicine that... More »

Baby Born on Frozen Street Declared Dead, Revives

Girl was born on freezing Toronto sidewalk

(Newser) - Two alert police officers are credited with saving the life of a baby girl who was wrongly declared dead after being born outside in freezing temperatures in Toronto. The girl's mother had attempted to walk to a hospital in temperatures around zero Fahrenheit, but she didn't make it... More »

Stroke Victims' New Hope: A Deep Chill

Hypothermia prompts 'hibernation' that aids doctors

(Newser) - Last year, surgeons eyed induced hypothermia to treat trauma ; now, experts think a deep chill could help stroke patients recover, the Daily Mail reports. Doctors throughout 20 European countries think inducing hypothermia could cut stroke victims’ brain damage; they’re now seeking funding for testing. “Hypothermia might improve the... More »

Surgeons Try Freezing Patients

Inducing hypothermia causes body to shut down

(Newser) - Surgeons are about to begin human testing on a bold new technique for treating trauma patients in which they intentionally induce extreme hypothermia, the Daily Telegraph reports. By injecting cold saline solution into the patient’s blood, they can all but shut down the body, reducing brain and organ damage... More »

Trapped Snowboarder Burns Cash to Survive

German tourist is stuck 6 hours on chair lift

(Newser) - A German snowboarder who was trapped on a chair lift for 6 hours says he'd probably be dead now if he hadn't had money to burn. Dominic Podolsky was stuck on the lift in freezing temperatures when it shut down for the day. After darkness fell, he began burning the... More »

Why You Can't 'Freeze to Death'

Semantics: Hypothermia will get you long before then

(Newser) - The phrase may be a common one, but it's not that easy to "freeze to death," explains LiveScience . In fact, it's a bit of a misnomer: Hypothermia will almost certainly get you before the body freezes. For the record, the body has two helpful reactions when the temperature... More »

American, Japanese Climbers Die on Mt. Fuji

(Newser) - An American climber and his Japanese colleague have been found frozen to death on Mount Fuji, AP reports. Authorities believe the men, reported missing last weekend, perished on their way down from the summit. The deaths on the famous mountain follow those of ten elderly hikers who died of exposure... More »

93-Year-Old Left to Freeze Leaves $500K to Hospital

Estate may be worth more than $500K

(Newser) - The 93-year-old Michigan man who froze to death last month after his electricity was cut off was a World War II medic who left his estate—possibly more than $500,000—to a local hospital, CNN reports. Despite the savings, Martin Schur was $1,000 behind on his utility bill.... More »

Elderly Man Freezes to Death Over Unpaid Bill

Mich. neighbor finds 93-year-old in house after city cut power

(Newser) - A 93-year-old Michigan man who failed to pay his electricity bill froze to death in his home after the city cut his power supply, the Bay City Times reports. Marvin Schur suffered what a pathologist called "a slow painful death" from hypothermia several days after city workers installed a... More »

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